25 Crazy Facts About Planet Earth That Will Boggle Your Mind

Posted by on December 4, 2013

Can you name the longest mountain range on Earth? How about the shape of the Earth? It’s a sphere right? The answers to some of these questions might surprise you. Here are 25 Crazy Facts About Planet Earth That Will Boggle Your Mind.



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Earth isn't round. Centrifugal force pushes outwards at Earth's equator giving it a slight wasteline.

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Standing on that equator you would be spinning around Earth's center at 1000 miles per hour. At the poles, however, you would be standing still (and turning in a circle)

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You would still be hurling through space at 67000 miles per hour though

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The rocks you are standing on get recycled. Volcanoes spit them out as magma, they dry, harden, and after a very long time either get sucked down again by plate tectonics or get pushed towards Earth's core by a fresh layer of rocks above.

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Speaking of magma, the hottest temperature ever recorded on Earth's surface was 136 degrees F or 57.8 degrees C in El Azizia, Libya recorded in 1922.

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The coldest spot was Antarctica's vostok station that recorded a bonechilling minus 128.6 degrees fahrenheit (minus 89.2 degrees C)

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On that note, Antarctica contains about 70 percent of Earth's fresh water and 90 percent of its ice

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Gravity is not distributed equally. Yes, you read that right. Places like Hudson Bay in Canada actually have less gravity than other regions of the globe. This is due to the fact that there is less land mass in that part of the planet thanks both to retreating glaciers on the surface and swirling magma deep in the core.

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Earth's magnetic north pole is moving northward at a rate of 10 miles per year

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Eventually, our magnetic poles will switch.

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15

Scientists believe Earth may have had two moons at one point in time.

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Some scientists claim we still have two moons…in a manner of speaking. Every now and then an asteroid will get sucked into Earth's orbit and stick around for up to 9 months.

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Although earthquakes are no fun, they are not the only quakes that affect the earth. Moon quakes can actually make a difference in the tides.

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As cool as moon rocks are, on Earth rocks can walk. Or at least slide. In Death Valley rocks weighing hundreds of pounds slide across the desert floor leaving trails in their wake. Scientists believe wind and ice are the culprits.

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The longest mountain range on Earth is actually underwater. It is called the mid ocean ridge system. It stretches for 80,000 km all around the world and is nearly 20 times longer than the longest range on the surface, the Andes Mountains. Not only that, the whole thing is completely volcanic.

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