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Default Amazing Facts of the Earth


Earth is the only planet on which water can exist in liquid form on the
surface.
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Antarctica is the highest, driest, and coldest continent on Earth.
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The dormant volcano Mauna Kea (on the Big Island of Hawaii) could be
considered the tallest mountain in the world. If you measure it from its
base in the Hawaiian Trough (3,300 fathoms deep) to its summit of 13,796
feet, it reaches a height of 33,476 feet.
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Earth is referred to as the BLUE PLANET. WHY? Because from space, the
oceans combined with our atmosphere make our planet look blue.
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The world’s deadliest recorded earthquake occurred in 1557 in central
China, more than 830,000 people were killed.
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The World’s largest hot desert is the Sahara in North Africa, at over
9,000,000 km², it is almost as large as the United States.
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Earth travels through space at 66,700 miles per hour.
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Mount Everest 8850 meter (29035 ft) Nepal/China is the tallest mountain.
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The sunrays reached at the earth in 8 minutes & 3 seconds.
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Only 11 percent of the earth's surface is used to grow food.
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The coldest temperature ever measured on Earth was -129 Fahrenheit (-89
Celsius) at Vostok, Antarctica, on July 21, 1983.
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About 70% of the world’s fresh water is stored as glacial ice.
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Only 3% water of the earth is fresh, rest 97% salted. Of that 3%, over 2%
is frozen in ice sheets and glaciers. Means less than 1% fresh water is
found in lakes, rivers and underground.
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The warmest sea in the world is the Red Sea, where temperatures range
from 68 degrees to 87.8 degrees F depending upon which part you
measure.
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The hottest planet in the solar system is Venus, with an estimated surface
temperature of 864 F (462 C).
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Angel Falls in Venezuela is the worlds highest waterfall, The water of Falls
drops 3,212 feet (979 meters).

Asia Continent is covered 30% of the total earth land area, but represent
60% of the world’s population.
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The total surface area of the Earth is 197 million square miles.
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El Azizia in Libya recorded a temperature of 136 degrees Fahrenheit (57.8
Celsius) on Sept. 13, 1922 - the hottest ever measured.
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A 1960 Chilean earthquake was the strongest earthquake in recent times,
which occurred off the coast, had a magnitude of 9.6 and broke a fault
more than 1000 miles (1600 kilometers) long.
The lowest dry point on earth is the Dead Sea in the Middle East is about
1300 feet (400 meters) below sea level.
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The Largest Ocean of the World is the Pacific Ocean (155,557,000 sq km),
It covers nearly one-third of the Earth's surface.
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The distance from the surface of Earth to the center is about 3,963 miles
(6,378 kilometers).
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The saltiest sea in the world is the Red Sea with 41 parts of salt per 1,000
parts of water.
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The Angel Falls in Venezuela is the world's highest waterfall (979 meters /
3212 ft.), three times the size of the Eiffel Tower.
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The Earth is the densest major body in the solar system.
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The age of the earth is Loudly proclaimed by the scientific establishment of
evolution believers and the mass media as being around 4.6 billion years
old.
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Baikal Lake in Russian Fed. is the deepest lake (5315 ft) in the world.
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Lightning does not always create thunder. In April 1885, five lightning
bolts struck the Washington Monument during a thunderstorm, yet no
thunder was heard.
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The Sarawak Chamber in Malaysia is the largest cave in the world is 2300
feet (701 meters) long, 1300 feet (400 meters) wide, and more than 230
feet (70 meters) high.
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The Mauna Loa volcano in Hawaii is the largest volcanoon on Earth. It rises
more than 50,000 feet (9.5 miles or 15.2 kilometers) above its base, which
sits under the surface of the sea.

Due to gravitational effects, you weigh slightly less when the moon is
directly overhead.
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One-tenth of the Earth's surface is always under the cover of ice. And
almost 90 per cent of that ice is to be found in the continent of Antarctica.
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The coldest seas are found near the poles such as the Greenland, Barents,
Beaufort, Kara, Laptev & East Siberian Seas found near the north pole &
Weddell & Ross Seas found in the south poles. The Baltic Sea is also
considered one of the coldest seas.
The Nile River in Africa is the longest river (6,825 kilometers) of the earth.
Caspian Sea, Asia-Europe is the major lake (371,000 sq km) in the world.
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Depending upon the amount of salt in the water, sea water freezes at
about 28 degrees F.
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The most dangerous animal in the world is the common housefly. Because
of their habits of visiting animal waste, they transmit more diseases than
any other animal.
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The Peregrine Falcon around 200mph (320 km/h) is the fastest bird on the
planet, the top speed recorded is 242.3mph (390 km/h).
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The largest eggs in the world are laid by a shark.
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The deepest hole ever made by humans is in Kola Peninsula in Russia, was
completed in 1989, creating a hole 12,262 meters (7.6 miles) deep.
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Total fertility rate of the world is 2.59 children born/woman.
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An African woman's lifetime risk of dying from pregnancy related causes is
one in 16, in Asia, its one in 65. In Europe, its one in 1,400.
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There are roughly 4,000 known minerals, although only about 200 are of
major importance.
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About 400 billion gallons water is used worldwide each day.
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Aluminum cans take 500 years to break down.
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Total fertility rate of the world is 2.59 children born/woman. Niger is 7.46
(highest), India is 2.73, US is 2.09 & Hong Kong is 0.95 only (Lowest).
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Northern Mariana Islands is only the country where death rate
(2.29/1000) is lowest in the world.

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Earth's oceans are an average of 2 Miles deep
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Shanghai, China is the largest city by population (13.3 million) in the
world.
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English is the second most spoken language (Native speakers 512 million)
& the first is Chinese Mandarin (more then 1 billion speakers).
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The flower with the world's largest bloom is the Rafflesia arnoldii. This
rare flower is found in the rainforests of Indonesia. It can grow to be 3
feet across and weigh up to 15 pounds.
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At least 1,000 million grams, or roughly 1,000 tons of material (dust)
enters the atmosphere every year and makes its way to Earths surface.
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The gravity on Mars is 38% of that found on Earth. So a 100 pounds person
on Earth would weigh 38 pounds on Mars.
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The world’s population has been increased 3.1 billion in last 40 years.
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Global Positioning System (GPS) is the only system today that can show
your exact position on the Earth anytime, in any weather, no matter where
you are!
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The water that falls on a single acre of land during one inch of rainfall, it
would weigh 113 tons that is 226,000 pounds.
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180 million nos. of Valentine’s Day cards exchanged annually, making
Valentine’s Day the second-most popular greeting-card-giving occasion.
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Plastics take 500 years to break down.
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Each year, more than 500,000 women (approximate 1 every minute) die
from pregnancy related causes. The vast majority of these deaths occur in
developing countries.




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