25 Shocking Facts You Never Knew About Earth

Our planet is pretty amazing and unique. It’s the only planet in our solar system that has life, as far as we know, and it’s also the prettiest. (We may be biased here, but you should always be biased towards your mother’s beauty.) There’s always something new to learn and discover about this living rock hurling through space that we all share, so here are 25 Shocking Facts You Never Knew About Earth!

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Mount Everest isn't technically the highest point on Earth. Oops. Since the Earth isn't perfectly round, anything along the equator is slightly "higher" or closer to space than objects further from the equator. So Mount Chimborazo in Ecuador is over 9,000 feet "shorter" than Everest when measuring by feet from Sea Level. However, due to the "bump" of the Equator, its top is actually about a mile and a half further from the center of the Earth than the top of Everest.

MtSource: www.oddee.com
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There are no true black flowers. The planet just doesn't grow them. They're all very deep shades of purple or red, some so much so that our eyes perceive them as black, but they aren't true black.

blackroseSource: https://www.factretriever.com
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The largest Earthquake ever recorded happened on May 22nd, 1960 in southern Chile near Valdivia. It's referred to as the "Great Chilean Earthquake," coming in at a magnitude of 9.5.

earthquakeSource: http://geology.com
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A Great Bristlecone Pine in California is thought to be the oldest living organism on Earth at an estimated 5,067 years old. It has no name. More well known, but younger, is the named tree of the same species named Methuselah, which is 4,850 years old.

Great Bristlecone PineSourceL http://www.bbc.com
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Tides exist because of the Moon. No, really. The moon's orbit controls sea levels, which results in...tides. Moonquakes - like Earthquakes, but on the moon! - also can affect the tides. No moon, no tides. So think twice before you threaten to steal or blow up our dear Luna, okay?

timeandtidewaitfornomanorwomanSource: http://www.viralnova.com/

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