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NOTE: Planet Earth has been split into 03 pages because of the great N° of animations. You’ll find the links to the other pages & other animations in this series in the table near the bottom of the page. On page 03 you’ll find the links to the Big & XL animations.

 

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A Chinese Scientist discovered that the Earth was round during the Han Dynasty by measuring the sun and moon’s path in the sky. He recorded this fact down in the imperial records but went unnoticed until it was unearthed recently by Chinese archaeologists.

Earth is the only planet in this solar system to have a full solar eclipse because the Sun is 400 times the dynamiter of the moon and the moon is 400 times the distance from the Sun.

The Northern and Southern lights are caused by the solar winds radiating from the Sun and bouncing of the magnetic poles that surround the earth. These winds would completely destroy the Earth atmosphere if not for the magnetic poles that protect us.

The Earth is the 5th largest planet in our solar system.

The Earth’s Circumference at the Equator is 40,075.16 kms (24,901.55 miles).

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The Earth’s Circumference Between the North and South Poles is 40,008 kms (24,859.82 miles).

The Earth’s Diameter at the Equator is 12,756.1 kms (7,926.28 miles).

The Earth’s Diameter at the Poles is 12,713.5 kms (7,899.8 miles).

The Average Distance from the Earth to the Moon is 384,403.1 kms (238,857 miles).

The Average Distance from the Earth to the Sun is 149,669,180 kms (93,020,000 miles).

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The Earth travels through space at 107,300 k.p.h. (66,700 m.p.h.).

Mt. Everest, Asia is the Highest Elevation on Earth at 8,850m (29,035ft).

Mauna Kea, Hawaii is the Tallest Mountain on Earth from Base to Peak: 10,204m (33,480ft) rising to 4,205m (13,796ft) above sea level.

The Point Farthest From the Centre of the Earth is the Peak of the Volcano Chimborazo in Ecuador at 6,267m (20,561ft) due to its location near the equator and the oblateness of the Earth.

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The Average Temperature on Earth is 15° C (59° F).

The Highest Temperature ever Recorded is 57.7° C (135.8° F) at Al Aziziyah, Libya, September 13th, 1922.

The Lowest Temperature ever Recorded is -89.2° C ( 128.5°F) at Vostok, Antarctica, July 21st, 1983.

The Deepest Point in the Ocean is Challenger Deep, Mariana Trench, in the Western Pacific Ocean at 10,924m (35,840ft)

The Lowest Land Elevation on Earth is the Dead Sea at 417.27m (1,369ft) below sea level.

The Earth is covered with 70.8% Water and 29.2% Land. Because of this when astronauts first went into the space, they looked back at the Earth with human eyes for the first time and called our home the ‘Blue Planet’.

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The Earth’s Atmosphere Content is 77% nitrogen, 21% oxygen and the other 2% is argon, carbon dioxide and water.

The Earth Rotation on its Axis takes 23 hours, 56 minutes, 04.09053 seconds but it takes an additional 4 minutes for the earth to revolve to the same position as the day before relative to the Sun (i.e. 24 hours).

The Earth’s Revolution around Sun is 365.2425 days. It’s this extra .2564 days that creates the need for leap years. That’s why we tack on an extra day in February every year that is divisible by 4 (2004, 2008, 2012, Etc, Etc, Etc.) unless it’s divisible by 100 [(1900, 2100, 2200, Etc, Etc, Etc.) then no day is added] unless this is divisible by 400 (1600, 2000, 2400, Etc, Etc, Etc.) then we go back to adding a year.

The Chemical Composition of the Earth is 34.6% Iron, 29.5% Oxygen, 15.2% Silicon, 12.7% Magnesium, 2.4% Nickel, 1.9% Sulphur and 0.05% Titanium.

Earth is the only planet in the Solar System with plate tectonics and they keep the planet comfortable. The outer crust of the Earth is broken up into regions called tectonic plates. These are floating on top of the magma in the interior of the Earth and can move against one another. When two plates collide, one plate can go underneath another. This process is very important. When microscopic plants in the ocean die, they fall to the bottom of the ocean. Over long periods of time, the remnants of this life, rich in carbon, are carried back into the interior of the Earth and recycled. This pulls carbon out of the atmosphere, which makes sure we don’t get a runaway greenhouse effect, like what happened on Venus. Without these plate tectonics, there’d be no way to recycle this carbon and the Earth would overheat.

The Earth’s shape could be described as an oblate spheroid. It’s is almost a sphere but the Earth’s rotation causes the equator to bulge out. This means is that the measurement from pole to pole is about 43kms (26.72 miles) less than the diameter of Earth across the equator.

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The Earth’s atmosphere is thickest within the first 50kms (31 miles) or so but it actually reaches out to about 10,000km (6,214 miles) above the surface of the planet. This outermost layer of the atmosphere is called the exosphere and starts about 500km (310 miles) above the surface of the Earth. As we said, it goes all the way up to 10,000kms (6,214 miles) above the surface. At this point, free-moving particles can actually escape the pull of Earth’s gravity and be blown away by the Sun’s solar wind.

But this high atmosphere is extremely thin. The bulk of the Earth’s atmosphere is down near the Earth itself. In fact, 75% of the Earth’s atmosphere is contained within the first 11kms (6.8 miles) above the planet’s surface.

The Earth is like a great big magnet, with poles at the top and bottom of the planet, near to the actual geographic poles. This magnetic field extends from the surface of the Earth out thousands of kilometres/miles. This region is called the magnetosphere. Without the magnetosphere particles from the Sun’s solar wind would hit the Earth directly, exposing the surface of the planet to significant amounts of radiation. Instead, the magnetosphere channels the solar wind around the Earth, protecting us from harm. Scientists believe that the magnetic field is generated by the molten outer core of the Earth, where heat creates convection motions of conducting materials. This generates electric currents that create the magnetic field.

You’re probably aware the Earth has a Moon but did you know there are 2 additional asteroids locked into a co-orbital orbit with Earth? They’re called 3753 Cruithne and 2002 AA29. 3753 Cruithne is 5kms (3.107 miles) across and sometimes called Earth’s second moon. It doesn’t actually orbit the Earth but has a synchronized orbit with our home planet. It has an orbit that makes it look like it’s following the Earth in orbit but it’s actually following its own distinct path around the Sun. 2002 AA29 is only 60m (196.9ft) across and makes a horseshoe orbit around the Earth that brings it close to the planet every 95 years. In about 600 years, it will appear to circle Earth in a quasi-satellite orbit. Scientists have suggested that it might make a good target for a space exploration mission.

We’ve discovered past evidence of water on Mars and the building blocks of life on Saturn’s moon Titan. We can see amino acids in nebulae in deep space. However Earth is the only place life has actually been discovered in our solar system.

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