25 Surprising Earth Facts You Probably Have Not Considered

What’s one of the most bizarre Earth facts you can think of? Is it the fact that every day, about 100 tons of dust-sized micro meteoroids enter the Earth´s atmosphere? Or how about the fact that, depending on where you are, you could be spinning at over 1,000 mph (1,609 km/h) as Earth rotates around its axis. These facts are but of a couple of the many mind-blowing things our planet has to offer. Home to about 7.3 billion humans, Earth is the only astronomical object known to have life, which is a pretty bizarre statement given the vastness of our known universe (just to give you an idea of the universe’s incomprehensible size, check out these crazy facts about our universe). Despite being small compared to most of the other objects found in space, Earth is a vast place brimming with spectacular natural features and breathtaking beauty. No other planet in the known universe can, for the moment, boast of such a diversity. Needless to say, our planet is awesome! Don’t you agree? From dark mysterious deep ocean abysses to what seems to be an everlasting thunderstorm, we bring you 25 Surprising Earth Facts You Probably Have Not Considered.

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With almost 56,500 miles (91,000 kilometers) or around 15 percent of the world's more than 372,000 miles (almost 530,000 kilometers) of coastlines, Canada has the longest coastline of any country.

Canada coastSource: seawifs.gsfc.nasa.gov, en.wikipedia.org
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According to some astrobiologists, Earth could have been purple. This theory is based on the fact that life forms of early Earth were retinal-based rather than chlorophyll-based thus making Earth appear purple rather than green.

EarthSource and image: en.wikipedia.org

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With a weight of over 180 tons, the blue whale is the largest existing animal and the heaviest animal that has ever lived on Earth. For example, Argentinosaurus, one of the largest and heaviest dinosaurs, is estimated to weigh “just” about 73 tons.

blue whaleSource and image: en.wikipedia.org
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Located in a plateau in South America, the Atacama Desert has the reputation of the driest place in the world. In the center of this desert, there are areas where rain has never been recorded.

Atacama DesertSource: en.wikipedia.org, image: pixabay.com

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During summer months, in some places north of the Arctic Circle or south of the Antarctic Circle, the Sun is visible for full 24 hours. This bizarre phenomenon is known as the midnight sun or polar day.

midnight sunSource and image: en.wikipedia.org

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