Facts about the Earth

20 Facts on the Earth which will one day be killed, if we don’t change our ways!!!

  1. Earth’s Circumference at the Equator: 24,901.55 miles (40,075.16 km)
  2. Earth’s Circumference Between the North and South Poles: 24,859.82 miles (40,008 km)
  3. Earth’s Diameter at the Equator: 7,926.28 miles (12,756.1 km)
  4. Earth’s Diameter at the Poles: 7,899.80 miles (12,713.5 km)
  5. Average Distance from the Earth to the Sun: 93,020,000 miles (149,669,180 km)
  6. Average Distance from the Earth to the Moon: 238,857 miles (384,403.1 km)
  7. Highest Elevation on Earth – Mt. Everest, Asia: 29,035 feet (8850 m)
  8. Tallest Mountain on Earth from Base to Peak – Mauna Kea, Hawaii: 33,480 feet (rising to 13,796 feet above sea level) (10204 m; 4205 m)
  9. Point Farthest From the Center of the Earth – The peak of the volcano Chimborazo in Ecuador at 20,561 feet (6267 m) is farthest from the center of the earth due to its location near the equator and the oblateness of the Earth.
  10. Deepest Point in the Ocean – Challenger Deep, Mariana Trench, Western Pacific Ocean: 35,840 feet (10924 m)
  11. Highest Temperature Recorded: 135.8°F – Al Aziziyah, Libya, September 13, 1922 (57.7°C)
  12. Lowest Temperature Recorded: -128.5°F – Vostok, Antarctica, July 21, 1983 (-89.2°C)
  13. Water vs. Land: 70.8% Water, 29.2% Land
  14. Age of the Earth: 4.5 to 4.6 billion years
  15. Atmosphere Content: 77% nitrogen, 21% oxygen, and traces of argon, carbon dioxide and water
  16. Rotation on Axis: 23 hours and 56 minutes and 04.09053 seconds. But, it takes an additional four minutes for the earth to revolve to the same position as the day before relative to the sun (i.e. 24 hours).
  17. Revolution around Sun: 365.2425 days
  18. Chemical Composition of the Earth: 34.6% Iron, 29.5% Oxygen, 15.2% Silicon, 12.7% Magnesium, 2.4% Nickel, 1.9% Sulfur, and 0.05% Titanium
  19. The nearest star to our sun is Alpha Centauri which is 40 trillion km (25 trillian miles) away. On a scale model of the universe, with the Earth shown as 1.5 cm from the Sun, Alpha Centauri would appear 5.5 km (3.5 miles) away from the sun.
  20. Speed of Rotation = Distance/Time = 40,000 km / 24 hr = 1670 km/h

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