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10 Amazing Facts About Mother Earth

Updated on May 16, 2013

We live on a truly special planet. A planet that is full of blessings and surprises. But do you think you know your world enough? Check out some of these amazing Earth facts and know your 'Home' better.

Earth Facts
Earth Facts

What's in the Name

While the other planets are all named after Greek Gods, our planet is not. It doesn't even derive its name from Greek. Rather the name 'Earth' comes from Anglo-Saxon and means ground or soil.

Our Bright Planet
Our Bright Planet

The Shiny Planet

Our Planet is the brightest planet in the Solar System. This is because sunlight is reflected from the water in Earth's Oceans.

Tectonic Plates
Tectonic Plates

Tectonic Plates

Earth is the only planet in the Solar System that features tectonic plates. Tectonic plates have not been discovered on any other planet in the entire Solar System.

Lightning Fast Earth

Earth is lightning fast. It is rotating around the Sun at speeds of around 67,000 miles per hour. That means, we all are moving at 67,000 miles per hour.

The Geoid Earth
The Geoid Earth

Not So Round

We've always been made to believe that the Earth is round. But actually it it not. No, it isn't flat either. Rather the Earth is a Geoid (oblate spheroid). This just means that the Earth is not a perfect sphere. Rather it is flat at the poles.

Oceans like these cover 70% of our Earth
Oceans like these cover 70% of our Earth

Water World

The oceans cover almost 70% of Earth's surface. More than 90% of these oceans are unexplored. This means that we have not even seen half of our own planet.

Light Minutes

Our Earth is at a distance of approximately 93 million miles from the sun. This means that light from the sun takes about 8 minutes and 19 seconds to reach us.

Different Layers of Atmosphere
Different Layers of Atmosphere

The Wonderful Atmosphere

Our atmosphere is not just a bunch of gases. It's made up of about seven different layers with each layer having its own specific function. For examples, the first one is the troposphere. This is where all the weather activities take place.

Varying Gravity

Gravity varies from place to place. This is due to the fact that the mass of Earth is unevenly distributed. This means that you will weigh lighter or heavier from place to place.

The Densest

Do you know that you're standing on the densest planet in the Solar System? Yes, our planet is the densest of all the other planets. It is believed that the iron in the Earth's core is what makes it so dense.

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      3 years ago

      i want info about mother earth for 3rd std children

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      4 years ago

      Do you know anything about the finding of the super earth and what it is and do we know yet if we can live on it? If it can have life on it we can go there instead of mars like scientist are thinking we may have to.

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      Anas Shad 

      7 years ago from Pakistan

      You would probably weigh slightly lighter at the equator because it is further from the Earth's center.

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      Melody Collins 

      7 years ago from United States

      I had no idea that the Earth was a geoid! I also wonder where I would weigh the lightest!


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