18 February 2014

Important Facts About Earth

Read some fun planet Earth facts for your exam preparation and find out more about our world, volcanoes, earthquakes, minerals, structures, gas and much more.

You will love the cool, crazy, strange, funny, weird, odd, bizarre and wacky information as well as did you know facts and other interesting Earth info that will help them learn a thing or two along the way.

1. Magma is the hot liquid rock under the surface of the Earth, it is known as lava after it comes out of a volcano. 
2. Natural gas doesn't have an odour, strong smells are added to it by humans so it can be detected when there are leaks.
3. Hawaii is moving towards Japan at the speed of 10cm a year. This is because they are on different tectonic plates.
4. The worlds largest desert is the Sahara, it covers about one third of Africa!
5. Stretching out to an impressive length of 6696 kilometres (4160 miles) long, the Nile River is the longest river on earth. 
6. The volcanic rock known as pumice is the only rock that can float in water.
7. Mt Everest is the highest mountain on earth, its peak reaches 8,848 metres (29028 feet) above sea level. 
8. On average the Atlantic Ocean is the saltiest of Earth‟s major oceans. 
9. Earthquakes that occur out at sea can cause huge tsunamis capable of reaching land and endangering people.
10. The earth isn't perfectly round, it is slightly fattened at the north and south poles.
11. Scared of the Bermuda Triangle? Despite its reputation it is actually part of a common sailed shipping route.
12. Scientists have the dated the Earth as being between 4 and 5 billion years old!
13. Talc is the softest mineral found on Earth, reaching just 1 on Mohs scale of hardness, it is often used to make talcum powder.
14. Although earthquakes can be deadly, most are very small and not even felt by humans.

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