50 Unbelievable Facts About The Earth [Pic]

Submitted by: MrAtari 4 years ago in Science

You probably know some of them, but now you know even more.
There are 25 comments:
Male 12,138
I`m sorry Carmium, all this talk of feet and inches is making my brain twitch. That statement about the smoothness of the earth is indeed correct.

Let`s go Metric.

The earth is about 6370km in radius (more useful than diameter here), on average. Everest is about 8.8km above sea level, which is an imperfection on the sphere of about 0.001%. This is more perfectly smooth than a manually manufactured bowling ball, or even a pool/snooker ball for that matter, if you take an electron microscope to it. I promise you.
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Female 6,381
While we`re at it, that claim that dinosaurs grew big due to high oxygen content of the atmosphere is absolute bollocks, to borrow a phrase from out English IABers.
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Female 6,381
davymid: I`m not sure if you`re being funny or have never seen how smooth a new bowling ball is. They`re shiny. That`s how smooth. Definitely not bumpy to the tune of .07". The statement is flat-out wrong.
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Male 12,138
Carmium, you`re kinda missing the point. Scaling my dear, scaling. No-one`s suggesting that Mt Everest should be scaled down to the size of a bowling ball, which would indeed make it very bobbly. The natural imperfections from the manufacturing process are a lot more bobbly than the surface of the earth is, is the point.
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Female 6,381
I`m always suspicious whenever an "amazing fact" has a bit of math involved. To whit:
Earth is 7901 mi. in diameter or 41,717,280 feet.
Divide height of Mt. Everest, 29029 feet, by that amount to get a one-foot bowling ball (a bit big) and you get a bump of .00835 feet or .100 inches. A bowling ball is 8.6" diameter, so that reduces Mt. Everest to .072 inch (or about 1/14 inch).
Bumps up to a fourteenth of an inch high on a eight-and-a-half inch ball? You wouldn`t be able to roll that Earth down the alley! Earth is nowhere near as smooth as a bowling ball! But you can bet the "amazing fact" has already been repeated hundreds or thousands of times.
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Male 228
If 200000 people are born each day and 2 people die every second (172800/day),then we only have to kill another 27200 each day. This will give us that famous state from the `70`s: Zero Population Growth!!
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Male 382
That does not look like the door to hell. It says "employees only" and where we all have to go every morning. Work.
And I can see a new tv show comming. Gold Rush, Center of the earth. How that would be hot.
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Male 907
Enough inaccuracies to make me doubt all the ones I haven`t heard before.
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Male 3,733
omigod! lets cover the entire surface of the earth with a coat of gold. that would be so awesome. all the aliens would be like, "damn, check out that planet, that planets pimpin"
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Male 41,192
@patteacher:
[quote]Example: The Great Wall of China can be seen from space - @AvatarJohn 10:07:52 AM[/quote]

Sorry, I was responding to that guy, not to the post.

I`d say "Welcome to IAB" but you`ve been here forever! Glad you de-lurked ;-) just for me!
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Male 422
link

"Earth`s Center Is 1,000 Degrees Hotter Than Previously Thought"
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Male 30
Hey 5Cats, Re-read the part under the Space section. See where it says, "The GREAT WALL IS NOT". That`s the part that makes your comment unnecessary.
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Male 41,192
@lauriloo is correct! Millions of sharks are "killed" each year, all over the world. Some by deliberate fishing (for their fins ONLY, usually) or accidentally caught in various nets.

Some types of "sharks" are also harvested for oils and cartilage, these are usually smaller, non-biting kinds which many people wouldn`t recognize as a "shark"...

The Great Wall Of China CANNOT be seen from space. The rivers and geography can, but not the walls themselves...
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Male 6,227
I`m with Davy. I enjoyed this. Lots of good info, some of which I`d never heard before (like the factoid about gold in the Earth`s core).

And I laughed at Davy`s recounting of his catch of the typo. Aaah, proofreading: the lost art.
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Male 12,138
Good infographic. I was ready to call bullsh*t before I started reading, and then as I got through it I was thinking "yep, that`s true", "nice one", "yes, indeed". Then I got toward the end and thought "now what would make this really good is if they have a list of sourc..." and sure enough, there was an exhaustive list.

Then I scrolled to the very bottom, thinking "wow, very credible, this was one of the best infographics yet, not even a typo like you usually get in these things that ruins the who..."

And then "PROCUDED BY"

FFS.
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Male 1,745
I mean without presuming...
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Male 1,745
"14% of the world`s species have been identified" How do we know the percent identified if we presume to know all of them?
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Male 11,739
@AvatarJohn - You might want to check your facts bro. The Great Wall can NOT be seen from space.

Proof 1

Proof 2

Proof 3

Some of these are true, some may not be true. I am not going to research them all. It`s an interesting read either way.
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Female 1,803
From Discovery website:

"Based on available data for shark deaths and estimates of unreported illegal catches, the researchers estimated that 100 million sharks were killed in 2000 and 97 million in 2010. But since scientists lack sufficient data on shark catches, they say the real number of annual shark deaths could possibly be between 63 million and 273 million."
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Male 3,147
Some are wrong, some are right but not unbelievable, some are interesting... given that the first source quoted is the Daily Mail website it`s surprising there aren`t any `facts` about immigrant aliens carrying carcinogens to the grave of Princess Diana though.
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Male 1,059
I agree - BS on several of these.

Example: The Great Wall of China can be seen from space, along with a lot of other manmade objects and structures. It cannot be seen from the moon.
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Male 86
I call BS on the shark killings. 100 million a year is over 190 a minute, all day long every day, every minute.
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Male 600
I call BS on several.
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Male 41,192
Hoba Meteorite Neato!

19 35` 32.9" S, 17 56` 1.2" E

Plug that into "maps" to see it! I`m glad it`s protected now...

12 kilometers is the deepest borehole? That`s DEEP! But still comparatively shallow...
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Male 1,569
Link: 50 Unbelievable Facts About The Earth [Pic] [Rate Link] - You probably know some of them, but now you know even more.
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