How much do you really know about the Earth? In honor of Earth Day, April 22, we explore some interesting and fun facts about the fifth-largest planet of our solar system.
- The Nuvvuagittuq Belt on the coast of the Hudson Bay in Northern Quebec may be the oldest known rocks on Earth, and scientists estimate they date back 4.28 billion years.Bing: How old is the Earth?
- The ocean floor is made up of mountains, valleys, plains, plateaus, islands, ridges and volcanoes. The Earth’s floor below the ocean is very similar to that above the ocean.Bing: What is the deepest part of the ocean?
- Rainforests are one of the world’s primary carbon reservoirs. By absorbing carbon dioxide from the air, storing the carbon and giving us oxygen to breathe, tropical forests act as the Earth’s thermostat, regulating temperatures and weather patterns. According to Rainforests.net, the world’s rainforests contain anywhere from 40 percent to 75 percent of all animals in existence.
- Earth Day first began on April 22, 1970, when 20 million people across the United States participated in rallies celebrating nature and conservation. There’s still time to get involved.Bing: Earth Day events in your area
- Mt Everest.It is estimated that one eighth of the world’s population lives in mountainous zones, and that mountains cover a quarter of the world’s surface. This famous mountain is known by several names includingChomolungma, Shèngmǔ Fēng and Deodungha.Bing: Mount Everest
- Name one famous environmentalist. Most people can’t. Here are a few famous and not-so-famous environmentalists in honor of Earth Day. Bing: Famous and not-so-famous environmentalists
- Earth Day had an immediate impact. By the end of the year, the United States saw some of its first major political efforts to protect the environment, including the founding of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
- Though the environmental movement is a relatively recent phenomenon, the consciousness behind it is as old as mankind. Some of the greatest writers and philosophers in history have illuminated that past and show the inspiration behind Earth Day.Bing: Earth Day quotes
- Rumor has it that April 22 was chosen because it’s the birthday of Vladimir Lenin, the Russian revolutionary and founder of the Soviet Union. It has been speculated that organizers chose this day intentionally to link environmentalism with this.Bing: Earth Day as communist plot
- The Earth’s shape is kind of like a sphere, but its rotation causes the equator to have a bit of a muffin top. Even though the tallest mountain on Earth is Mount Everest, the furthest point from the center of the Earth is actually here.Bing: Furthest point from the center of the earth
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