Sunday, May 4, 2008

Amazing Facts of World & Earth

  1. Earth is the only planet on which water can exist in liquid form on the surface.
  2. Antarctica is the highest, driest, and coldest continent on Earth.
  3. The dormant volcano Mauna Kea (on the Big Island of Hawaii) could be considered the tallest mountain in the world. If you measure it from its base in the Hawaiian Trough (3,300 fathoms deep) to its summit of 13,796 feet, it reaches a height of 33,476 feet.
  4. Earth is referred to as the BLUE PLANET. WHY? Because from space, the oceans combined with our atmosphere make our planet look blue.
  5. The world’s deadliest recorded earthquake occurred in 1557 in central China, more than 830,000 people were killed.
  6. The World’s largest hot desert is the Sahara in North Africa, at over 9,000,000 km², it is almost as large as the United States.
  7. Earth travels through space at 66,700 miles per hour.
  8. Mount Everest 8850 meter (29035 ft) Nepal/China is the tallest mountain.
  9. The sunrays reached at the earth in 8 minutes & 3 seconds.
  10. Only 11 percent of the earth’s surface is used to grow food.
  11. The coldest temperature ever measured on Earth was -129 Fahrenheit (-89 Celsius) at Vostok, Antarctica, on July 21, 1983.
  12. About 70% of the world’s fresh water is stored as glacial ice.
  13. Only 3% water of the earth is fresh, rest 97% salted. Of that 3%, over 2% is frozen in ice sheets and glaciers. Means less than 1% fresh water is found in lakes, rivers and underground.
  14. The warmest sea in the world is the Red Sea, where temperatures range from 68 degrees to 87.8 degrees F depending upon which part you measure.
  15. The hottest planet in the solar system is Venus, with an estimated surface temperature of 864 F (462 C).
  16. Angel Falls in Venezuela is the worlds highest waterfall, The water of Falls drops 3,212 feet (979 meters).
  17. Asia Continent is covered 30% of the total earth land area, but represent 60% of the world’s population.
  18. The total surface area of the Earth is 197 million square miles.
  19. El Azizia in Libya recorded a temperature of 136 degrees Fahrenheit (57.8 Celsius) on Sept. 13, 1922 - the hottest ever measured.
  20. A 1960 Chilean earthquake was the strongest earthquake in recent times, which occurred off the coast, had a magnitude of 9.6 and broke a fault more than 1000 miles (1600 kilometers) long.



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