Aw, Earth. When I think of Earth I envision a big blue ball floating in space, a beautiful and peaceful place that houses life. When I look closer the picture becomes, a little distorted. The realization that Earth is a place of extremes and phenomenon rattles the core.
Knowing your Earth does not have to be boring science. Leave all the hard work to the scientist. They figure out the details and we should just apply the basics. And I think the idea behind science is to learn the process of matter in order to maintain it, for proper function. There are a lot of fun and interesting facts that can be kept in mind as you move about your planet. Co-exist with the Earth, be one with your planet.
Earth is the only known planet that supports life. There are a few ideas about some water and atmospheric properties existing on other planets. But nothing compares to good old Earth.
Look here is the basic rundown of the Earth’s features. That way if anyone asks you or, it just comes up in conversation. Could happen?
-The Earth is approximately 3-5 billion years old.
-Planet Earth rotates around the Sun at approximately 1000 miles per hour.
-Earth is the third planet from the sun and the fifth largest in diameter.
You should have at least picked up that one from the sitcom “Third Rock from the Sun.”
-And did you know that our complete solar system is orbiting through our Milky Way Galaxy at a million and a half miles per hour.
Now, that should be easy to remember the next time you sink your teeth into a Milky Way candy bar. That makes me wonder about who thought to name a candy bar Milky Way? Or, should we be asking who named the Milky Way Galaxy? I think the Greeks named it because it looked like milk spilling down the way.
Or, think about this one the next time you carve into a pumpkin:
-Due to the Earth’s rotation, the planet is not completely spherical, but more of a pumpkin shape.
Next, you should know a little about our atmosphere. Let’s see if I can break this down for you. But first let’s define atmosphere. That way we are clear about what atmosphere means:
Meaning relevant to our subject,
1. The mixture of gases that surrounds an astronomical object like Earth.
2. The air or climate of a given place.
Meaning not relevant to our subject,
Another, meaning of atmosphere that expresses an interesting or exciting mood characteristic of a place, such as a night club that has lots of atmosphere, but that is not what we are talking about here. So when you’re out in the clubs remember that not only night clubs have atmosphere. Think of your mother Earth. You may even want to use these smart facts to portray your more attractive intellectual side. So, let’s talk atmosphere.
-Earth’s atmosphere is comprised of five parts, being the gaseous part (gas), hydrosphere (liquid), lithosphere (crust), mantle (layer), and finally, the core (molten).
Oh boy, I don’t even want to go there when it comes to gas, liquid, crust, layer, and molten. We don’t have to speak words to know how those relate.
What is more interesting then the basic make up of the Earth is the miracles and occurring events that are happening every day. Our Earth is truly an amazing wonder world.
For example, 2 million pounds of space dust reaches Earth’s surface each year. Scientists think that this dust carries space microbes that give us flu. Let’s hope the pharmaceutical industry doesn’t catch wind of this. And the next time you miss a day of work or class, blame it on the space dust.
Oxidization is a growing concern in our atmosphere, but an alarming fact is that 80% of our atmosphere contains nitrogen. What does that mean? Well it is helpful in the production of our plant system on Earth. Or, nitrogen in our atmosphere could be a deterrent for futuristic alien invasions. Could be?
Okay, let’s talk volcanoes. Ooh. You know that is some serious stuff, seriously hot stuff. Volcanoes are pretty intimidating and are the most prominent topographic feature on Earth. What’s their story?
-Three quarters of the Earth’s surface is believed to be of volcanic origin.
-The word volcano originated from the name of the Roman god of fire “Vulcan.”
-The chain of volcanic mountains encircles the planet from under the seas.
-20-30 volcanoes erupt yearly, but mostly from under the sea.
Have you ever wondered where pumice stones come from? They are created when the violent separation of gases occur from lava leaving gas bubbles in the rock.
Let’s move on to the water side of things. The earth is often referred to as the Blue Planet. That is because from outer space the atmosphere and oceans combine and make our planet appear blue.
It is sort of like after you’ve had a few. Your mind drifts away and suddenly everyone is beautiful.
-326 cubic miles of water supply is on Earth.
-70 percent of Earths fresh water is produced by the Antarctic Ice Sheets.
-The Antarctic Ice Sheets holds 90% of the Earth’s ice.
-Most volcanoes take place under water.
Here is something interesting to think about. If all the ice in the Antarctica were to melt, sea levels would rise 200 feet. That sounds refreshing. Talk about washing away our sins. Considering Earth is home to over10, 000 religions we may want to think on that. Hum?
Let’s rock and roll with earthquakes, here are some interesting facts to know.
-The most active and massive plate where earthquakes are most frequent is referred to as the Pacific Ring of Fire. Its true name is The Pacific Plate and has boundaries that spread through Japan to Alaska to South America.
-If an earthquake occurs from under the sea it can cause a Tsunami. It can really sweep a town or city clean.
-Asteroids have also been known to cause a tsunami but, how often has that happened? I’ll have to look that up.
While we are on asteroids, the idea of asteroids falling to earth and impacting in certain hotspots created volcanic activity that would then push up from under the sea forming mountains that became islands. This idea on how islands formed is not conclusive.
Speaking of islands, a Hawaiian folk lore relates that, Earth mother, Papa mated with sky father Wake and gave birth to the Hawaiian Islands.
Okay let’s tone this down from the science of Earth and move onto some strange but true facts that happen on Earth.
-In 1783 and eruption in Iceland created so much dust it blocked out the sun over Europe for a short time.
-Six times more water than what’s in the Nile river runs in an underground river just below the Nile itself.
-Roy Sullivan holds the record for being hit by lightening at seven times. Records are cool but come on.
-The highlands of Scotland are some of the oldest mountains in the world, standing at around 400 million years old.
-It used to be that rainforest covered 14% of Earth’s surface, now were down to 2%. This is not a super sale.
-It takes the suns energy 8 minutes to reach Earth, even though the Earth is 93 million miles away from the sun.
-Somewhere on Earth lightening is hitting at 100 times per second.
-Over 99% of the Earth experienced a slight decrease in temperature in the last decade.
-Did you know that 80% of all life lives under the under the ocean’s surface.
Now ask yourself this. How can knowing our Earth be fun and interesting?
The answer is: by knowing your world and its functions and possibilities it can create a whole new life for you to adventure and discover. Our daily lives reflect the conditions of the Earth. Imagine that the next time you erupt on your spouse about the bills. Somewhere not far the earth is erupting for the same reason.
Gravity is not the same all over the surface of the Earth and my body reflects that theory.
The Earth is slowing down and as I move on in age so am I. These are the things happening to us everyday, as they happen to our Earth.
It’s a funny thing if you think about it. Find one good Earth fact and you can relate it to many scenarios in your daily life. Here is one more before I go. The Moon is moving away from the Earth. Well my moon gets farther everyday and my spouse can vouch for that. See the connection.