Amazing Science Facts About the Earth
Interesting facts about the Earth
This is a collection of interesting facts and details about the Earth. You may or may not have heard or read about these facts before. There is something about reading interesting facts that you didn't know that makes you want to learn more.
Hopefully reading this will make you think, and make you want to learn more about these places, and about our amazing earth. It may even help you on Jeopardy if you get on the show at some point in the future. All of interesting facts listed here are very easily found on the internet if you want to find out more.
The surface of the Earth rotates at just over 1000 miles per hour.
The Earth is traveling through space at 66700 miles per hour.
The Taiga or Boreal forest circles the entire northern land mass of the world. It contains almost 1/3 of the worlds trees. The trees are mostly coniferous trees but there are some broad leaf trees that grow there.
The center of the earth is about 3,900 miles from the surface. The crust of the earth is from 2 to 70 miles thick.
The highest point on earth is the top of Mt. Everest, 29,028 ft above sea level.
The lowest land point on earth is the coast of the Dead Sea, 1300 ft below sea level. The Dead Sea is also the saltiest water on earth, more than 10 times saltier than the oceans.
The wettest place on earth is Lloro Columbia, they receive 524 inches of rain per year.
The driest place on earth is the Atacama desert in Chili. They have not received rain since the mid 1700's,
The largest canyon on earth, the grand canyon in Arizona, 277 miles long, up to 6,000 feet deep at the deepest point. The deepest canyon is the Snake river, hells canyon, 8,000 feet deep.
There are 540 volcano's on the surface of the earth.
Guinness is a fascinating book. I have read them for 50 years and always learn new things.
More Interesting Facts
The Okavango river, Africa's 4th longest river, doesn't empty into the sea. It empties into the Okavango swamp, a large delta area in the Kalahari desert. The water stays there until the dry season when it mostly dries up. It gives life to most all of the animals that live there.
97% of the water on earth is in the oceans.
The Pacific ocean is the largest ocean, it is more than twice as big as the Atlantic ocean.
Almost 1/3 of the earth land surface is covered with desert. The Sahara desert is just slightly smaller than the entire land area of the United States.
The lowest point on the earth surface is the Mariana trench, it is in the Pacific ocean just off of Japan, the trench is 36,198 feet deep.
Still More Interesting Facts
The fastest recorded wind speed on earth, not in a tornado, was measured on Mt. Washington New Hampshire on April 12 1934, the wind was recorded at 231 miles per hour.
The world deepest lake is Lake Baikal in Siberia, the lake is 5,712 feet deep.
There are more that 1000 thunderstorms going on all the time on earth. The earth is struck by lightning approximately 100 times ever second.
The worlds highest tides are in the Bay of Fundy in Nova Scotia, The level of the tide is 53 feet at one point. The water moves in and out at about 8 miles per hour.
The northernmost, easternmost, and westernmost, points of the United States are all in Alaska. Point Barrow is the northernmost, Amatignak island is the westernmost, and eastern Pochnio point, on the Aleutian islands is on the other side of the international date line, making it the easternmost point.
Final interesting facts
The coastline of Alaska is 5,580 miles, the rest of the United States coastline is 6,053 miles.
The country of Brazil was named after the nut, not the other way around.
Canada has more lakes than the rest of the worlds lakes combined.
Woodward ave. in Detroit was the first concrete road anywhere in the world.
The oldest continually inhabited city in the world is Damascus Syria.
Istanbul Turkey is the only city in the world that is on 2 continents, Asia and Europe.
The first city in the world to reach a population of 1,000,000 people was Rome Italy, 133 B.C.
The circumference of the earth around the poles is about 30 miles less than it is around the equator.