Amazing Earth Facts

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Space Debris

Roughly 1,000 tons of space debris rains down on Earth every year. Image Courtesy: www.sciencephoto.com

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Space Debris
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Hottest places

Most people believe that Death Valley, California, U.S.A. is the hottest place on Earth. Occasionally it is, but the hottest recorded temperature was from Azizia in Libya recording a temperature of 136 degrees Fahrenheit (57.8 Celsius). Image Courtesy: image.weather.com

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Earthquake

Earthquakes can be catastrophically destructive and many a year is deadly. However, the Earth releases about 1 million quakes a year; most are never even registered. Image Courtesy: themostimportantnews.com

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Deepest lake

The deepest lake in the world is in the former USSR and it is Lake Baikal. It has a length of 400 miles, a width of roughly 30, but its depth is just over a mile: 5,371 feet down. It is deep enough, so is speculated, that all five of the next largest lakes could be emptied into it. Image Courtesy: www.icumi.info

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Deepest lake
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Longest mountain range

The Andes Mountain range in South America is 4,525 miles long and ranks, as the world’s longest. 2nd Longest: The Rockies; 3rd: Himalayas; 4th: The Great Dividing Range in Australia; 5th: Trans-Antarctic Mountains. For every 980 feet you climb up a mountain, the temperature drops 3-1/2 degrees. Image Courtesy: www.3dnworld.com

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Longest mountain range
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Largest inland sea

The largest inland sea is the Caspian Sea which is on the border of Iran and Russia. Image Courtesy: upload.wikimedia.org

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Largest inland sea
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Sea Salt

If you could evaporate all the water out of all the oceans and spread the resulting salt over all the land on Earth, you would have a five hundred-foot layer coating everything. Image Courtesy: 2.bp.blogspot.com

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Sea Salt
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The earth is - ROUND

The Earth is not really round. It is called an oblate spheroid meaning it’s slightly flattened on the top and bottom poles. Image Courtesy: joyfulpapist.files.wordpress.com

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The earth is - ROUND
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Largest Desert

Believe it or not, most of the Earth’s deserts are not composed entirely of sand. The largest, the Sahara, fills about 1/3 of Africa (and it is growing constantly). This could nearly fill the continental United States. Image Courtesy: 2.bp.blogspot.com

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Largest Desert
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Atmosphere

Many layers of atmosphere coat our planet. It’s the troposphere, closest to the planet itself, that supports our lives and is, in fact, the thinnest at only about 10 miles high. Image Courtesy: csep10.phys.utk.edu

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Atmosphere
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