I thought in celebration of Earth Day 2009, we would go over a few facts about the wonderful world we live in. These are some of the many things I find amazing about our planet:
Our Earth is about 4.5 billion years old.
It travels through space at 660,000 miles per hour.
During the course of one day, the sun causes about one trillion tons of water to evaporate.
Jellyfish have been on Earth for over 650 million years, before sharks and dinosaurs.
The Amazon rainforest produces more than 20% of the world's oxygen supply.
There are more insects in one square mile of rural land than there are human beings on the entire earth.
The overall amount of water on our planet has remained the same for two billion years.
Approximately 70 percent of the Earth is covered with water. Only 1 percent of the water is drinkable.
In a 100-year period, a water molecule spends 98 years in the ocean, 20 months as ice, about 2 weeks in lakes and rivers, and less than a week in the atmosphere; but at the same time, groundwater can take a human lifetime just to traverse a mile.
The oceans of the world would rise about 60 meters if Antarctica's ice sheets melted.
The Atlantic Ocean is saltier than the Pacific Ocean.
If all the salt were to be extracted from the oceans, there would be enough salt to cover all the continents five feet deep.
An earthquake in 1811 caused parts of the Mississippi River to flow backwards.
Finland is also known as "the land of of the thousand lakes."
Aluminum forms one-twelfth of the Earth's crust.
A volcano has enough power to shoot ash as high as 50 km into the atmosphere.
About 27 tons of dust rains down on the earth each day from space.
It is impossible for a solar eclipse to last more than 8 minutes.
Of all known forms of animals life ever to inhabit the Earth, only about 10 percent still exist today.
The sad truth is to realize how many of these factoids are being impacted by our human presence and poor stewardship of the planet. Earth Day is a great day to consider how you can consume less, leave a smaller carbon footprint, and perhaps leave the world a better place.
Best wishes for the greenest of Earth Days from your friends at Green Business Alliance.
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