Even though the earth has been around for billions and billions of years, there is still a lot about it that will surprise and shock almost every person. Even scientists who spend their entire adult lives studying and learning about the earth, also become shocked at some of the secrets that the earth holds. And if they can be shocked and surprised by something they study and know so well, then you can t0o. So read on and get ready to be shocked and surprised by these 18 facts about the earth, and you simply won’t believe number 5.
#18 The Earth Isn’t Actually Round
Despite popular belief, the earth isn’t actually round. But it isn’t flat either, like a lot of people think. While it is mainly round, centrifugal forces push outwards on the equator, which gives the earth a bit of a “waist”. For another entry that disproves a popular theory, check out number 10 on this list.
#17 We Are Constantly Moving Pretty Fast
This is hard for people to realize, but we are in a constant state of motion. Even when we are standing still, we are moving, very fast. And not even in one direction either. We are spinning at about 1,000 miles an hour and are also speeding in a straight line at around 67,000 miles an hour.
#16 It Can Reach Almost Unfathomable Levels of Heat
Even though the world is steadily getting hotter with global warming, the hottest temperature ever recorded was in 1922. In Libya, it reached 135 degrees fahrenheit, which is just insane. You would barely be able to be outside for minutes at this heat. Check out the next slide to learn about the exact opposite of this one.
#15 It Can Reach Temperatures So Low It Can Kill You In Minutes
On the other hand, the earth can also get so cold that you would develop frostbite within minutes of your skin being exposed. The Vostok Station in Antarctica is the location of the coldest recorded place in the history of the world. Here, it reached a frigid temperature of -128.6 degrees. Something tells me they don’t receive a lot of job applications there.
#14 The Gravity Isn’t the Same Everywhere on Earth
While we are all aware that gravity is what keeps us and other things on the surface of the earth, we don’t all understand much more about it. Some places have more or less gravity based on the mass at the location. Check out number 6 on this list for something else that we can’t see, but is definitely there.