(By Folksy)

Do you know how much material falls onto Earth from space every day? How many different species there are in the ocean? How far the continents move every year? The earth is pretty cool. And knowing about our planet can be a pretty fun task, especially since most of us will be fascinated by many of the things that earth has to offer. Check them out below to boggle your own mind, and then share with your friends!


Did You Know?

  • The international space station was the most expensive object ever constructed? ($150 billion!)
  • A photo of the earth has been taken from a distance of 3.7 billion miles.
  • The hardiest animal in existence is a tardigrade, and one can exist in a vacuum for ten days. (Fun fact: tardigrades are also referred to as waterbears or moss piglets!)
  • A human being can survive unprotected in space for about two minutes.
  • China’s air pollution is visible from space, but the Great Wall is not.
  • There are really only 23 hours, 56 minutes, and four seconds in a day, not 24 hours.
  • The earth is smoother than a bowling ball.
  • 100 tons of small meteorites enter the atmosphere every day.
  • There are 8.6 million lightning strikes per day.
  • 97% of water on earth is salted.
  • Antarctica has as much ice as the Atlantic Ocean has water.
  • 90% of the rubbish in the ocean is plastic.
  • Only 8-12 humans are killed per year by sharks, but 100 million sharks are killed per year by humans to harvest their fins.
  • 90% of all volcanic activity occurs in the ocean.
  • 99% of the earth’s gold lies in the core.
  • A solid iron ball 1,500 miles wide sits at the centre of the earth. The temperature there is about 9900 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • The continents move about 2 cm every year.
  • 200,000 people are born every day.
  • 2 people die every second.