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Earth facts
29 Facts about Earth


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1.3 million Earths could fit inside the sun, an average-sized star.
If you drilled a tunnel straight through the Earth and jumped in, it would take you about 42 minutes to get to the other side.
The Queen of the UK is the legal owner of one-sixth of the Earth's land surface.
The Earth, seen from the moon, also goes through phases.
It takes 8 minutes and 20 seconds for light to travel from the sun to the earth.
There are more living organisms in a teaspoonful of soil than there are people on earth.
One third of Earth's land surface
is partially or totally desert.
Before trees were common, the Earth was covered in giant mushrooms.
Our galaxy probably contains at least
2 billion planets like Earth.
There are about 7500,000,000,000,000,000 grains of sand on Earth.
The Earth's core is about as hot as the sun.
Lightning
strikes Earth about
100 times per second
or 8.6 Million times per day.
Since at least the time of Pythagoras in 500 BC, no educated person believed the Earth was flat.
Every second, the Sun sends to earth 10 times more neutrinos than the number of people on earth.
Earth is the only place in the Solar System where water can be present in its three states: solid, liquid and vapour.
The Earth lost 40% of its wildlife in the past 40 years, according to the WWF.
The earth's deepest known point equals to 24.5 Empire State Buildings end to end.
Earth is the only place in the solar system where a total solar eclipse can happen.
The Soviets drilled the world's deepest hole into the earth for 14 years: it's 12,262 metres (40,230 ft) deep.
Water constitutes only 0.07% of the earth by mass, or 0.4% of the earth by volume.
Earth is the only planet whose name in English is not derived from a Greco-Roman God.
The highest place on Earth, and closest to space, is Mount Chimborazo in the Andes.
There are about 22,000 manmade objects orbiting around planet Earth.
There are no 24 hours in a day. It has 23 hours, 56 minutes and 4 seconds, the time it takes to earth to rotate on its axis.
Antarctica is the coldest, windiest, highest and driest continent on Earth.
Between 100 to 300 tonnes of cosmic dust enter the Earth's atmosphere each day.
There are about 500,000 detectable earthquakes in the world each year. 100,000 of those can be felt, and 100 of them cause damage.
There is enough gold in Earth's core to coat its entire surface to a depth of 1.5 feet.
As passengers on Earth, we are all carried around the sun at a mean velocity of 66,600 mph (107,182 km/h).
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