The Earth is actually a pretty crazy place if you think about it. But how much do we really know about this place that we call home? Check out the list below and you may just learn something that'll surprise you.
10. The earth hurdles through Earth at 108,000 km per hour. Yet we don't feel like we're moving at all since these speeds are constant.
9. The hottest recorded temperature on the Earth's surface was 136 degrees F or 57.8 degrees C in El Azizia, Libya in 1922.
8. The coldest was the Vostok station in Antarctica that recorded a temperature of minus 128.6 degrees Fahrenheit (minus 89.2 degrees C). Brrrrrr.
7. Gravity on our planet is not distributed equally. Areas like Hudson Bay in Canada actually have less gravity than other regions of the globe. This is because there is less land mass in that part of the planet due to retreating glaciers on the surface and swirling magma deep in the core. So you would actually weigh less there.
6. Earth's magnetic north pole is shifting northward at a rate of about ten miles per year. Eventually the north and south magnetic poles will switch position. But not for a very, very long time. At least from our perspective of time anyway.
5. The moon does have earthquakes, or moonquakes in this case. These events cause shifts in the ocean's tides.
4. The longest mountain range on Earth is underwater. It is the Mid Ocean Ridge System. It's about 80,000km, making it almost 20 times longer than the Andes Mountains. Oh yeah, every mountain in this range is volcanic.
3. 70 percent of the planet is covered in ocean but we have only explored 5 percent of it so far. You hear that James Cameron? You got some diving to do. Youtube link to James Cameron on Southpark.
2. The deepest spot in the world is the Challenger Deep in the Mariana Trench. It's nearly 11 km below the surface of the ocean and only three people had ever ventured there before. That was until James Cameron went down there too. Yes, the James Cameron.
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1. The Earth is still the only planet we've found that has life on it. That trumps everything else.
I hope you learned something.