Amazing Facts about Earth

An amazing place!

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TheWorldCounts, 14 September, 2014

An amazing place!

Take a journey with us as we highlight the most amazing facts about Earth – our Home. We may be separated by countries and continents, but the whole of humanity shares a common space. A little blue ball floating in space, accompanied by its sister moon – the Earth, the 3rd planet from the Sun.

Did you know?

That there are 4 features that make the Earth special and unique. These 4 things are the reasons why it is able to harbor life – while other planets can’t.

  1. We are in the Habitable Zone. A little bit closer to the sun and we will fry like Venus and a little bit farther and it will be too cold. This allows Water to remain in liquid form on the surface. Water which is vital for life.
  2. Among all the planets in the solar system, Earth is the only one with a molten core. The constant churning of the liquid iron in our core is responsible for our magnetic field. Without the magnetic field, we will be bombarded by cosmic rays and solar radiation.
  3. We have a stable orbit. This is all because of our sister Moon. The moon is the biggest satellite measuring 1/3 the total size of the Earth. Without the moon, we will be wobbling all over the place and that will make for very unpleasant climate.
  4. Atmosphere that sustains life. Our atmosphere is a blanket of gases that contains the air that we breathe and helps maintain our temperature.

How about this?

  • Only 12% of the total land on Earth is habitable. The rest is either too hot or too cold.
  • The hottest temperature ever recorded on the Earth’s surface is 57.8°C (136 degrees Fahrenheit) in Libya.
  • The coldest temperature is a bone chilling -89°C (-128.6 degrees Fahrenheit) in Antartica’s Vostok Station.
  • The Earth is the only planet with Plate Tectonics. This allows carbon, which is the main ingredient for life, to be recycled and replenished.

The Perfect Planet for Life
But what makes the Earth so amazing is that it harbors Life – Intelligent Life at that. It seem to have all the ingredients necessary for beings like us to flourish. Not just one-celled organisms, but beings that can wonder at life itself.

According to Bill Bryson in his book - A Short History of Nearly Everything:

“We may be the universe’s greatest achievement and it’s worth nightmare at the same time. We are so remarkably careless about looking after things, both alive and not. We have no idea, none at all, about how many things have died off or will soon die off – and what role we played in any part of the process.

We do not know when we started doing many of the things we’ve done, and how our present actions will affect the future exactly. What we do know is there is only one planet to do it o and only one species that can make a considerable difference.”

Our Earth is really an amazing planet, more so because it has you and me that can talk about it and wonder. It has allowed us to exist and evolve so we can have the ability to appreciate it in many ways and make it better. It’s a skill that we’re only starting to realize and act upon.

Read more about our amazing planet and the environmental issues plaguing it and see where you can make a difference. We are lucky to be here. It’s time we showed our gratitude and take care of the Earth for a change. Visit The World Counts: Stories.

References

  1. Space.Com – What Makes Earth Special Compared to other Planets
  2. Bill Bryson’s A Short History of Nearly Everything

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