10 facts about our planet that you probably hear for the first time
Sometimes people think that they know about the Earth almost everything.
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Unfortunately, it is not so. We present to your attention the most interesting facts about our planet. Some may surprise you a lot!
Everest is not the highest mountain on the planet
Higher should be considered Mauna Kea in Hawaii. Its height is 10 203 m, which 1 355 more than the height of mount Everest. However most of it is hidden under water.
States have upper limits
The upper boundary of the state is the imaginary line located at an altitude of 100 km above sea level. It is called the line of the Pocket.
The driest place on Earth is in Antarctica
In geography lessons at school we were told that the most arid place on Earth is the Atacama desert in Chile, where precipitation was observed over two thousand years. However, there is a place on Earth where there has not been even more is the dry valleys of McMurdo located in Antarctica.
Fresh water on the Earth is not more than 3 %
On our planet there is a huge amount of water. However, only 3% of it are suitable for drinking. The fifth part of it, by the way, is contained in lake Baikal.
The oldest temple on Earth about 12,000 years
The ruins of the oldest temple complex of Göbekli Tepe are in the territory of modern Turkey.
The moon was once part of the Earth
More than 4 billion years ago the Earth collided with another planet, with the result that it broke away from the piece that became the Moon.
After 250 million years the continents will unite again
According to forecasts of scientists, using 250-300 million years all the continents will become a single entity and make a supercontinent called Pangaea the Last.
One bacterium has destroyed almost all life on Earth
The reason for the extinction of 90% of all living creatures on the planet was bacteria called “methanosarcina”. This event, in turn, gave “life” to the archosaurs — the ancestors of the dinosaurs.
Most of our planet is always immersed in darkness
Oceans occupy 71% of the earth’s surface. The thickness of the water layer, illuminated by sunlight is not more than 200 meters, and the rest of the water column is in the dark. Accordingly, a large part of our planet is immersed in darkness at any time of the day or night.
The time difference in neighboring States may be more than a day
Time difference between American Samoa and the Line Islands is 25 hours, though the distance between them only 2000 kilometers.