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Amazing Facts & Figures About Our Globe - The Earth

We love reaming about, talking about and writing about our globe! Here are some pieces of information to boggle your mind!

11 - 17km Our precious atmosphere protecting us from space, is just 11-17km (7-11 miles) high.

Globe-ish The Earth is not a perfect sphere, but slightly flattened, so that it measures 42.7km (26.5 miles) more around its equator (east to west) than around its poles (north to south).

Hold Tight! Our planet spins at 1,674 kph (1,040 mph) at its equator, and it orbits the Sun at 108,000 kph (67,000 mph).

Satellites The Earth has just one natural satellite, the Moon, but almost 16,000 man-made satellites (working and retired) move around us.

Our Moon The Moon is about the same size as Auatralia. The Moon takes the same amount of time to spin around as it does to circle the Earth, so it always has the same side facing us.

Say Cheese! The furthest distance a photograph of the Earth has been taken was 3.7 billion miles away and the picture is famously known as 'The Pale Blue Dot'. This picture was taken by the Voyager 1 spaceprobe.

24 Hours, Not! A sidereal day (the time it takes the globe to rotate on its axis) is not 24 hours, it is 23 hours, 56 minutes and 4 seconds.

Water and Ice Antarctica has as much ice as the Atlantic Ocean has water.

10.9 km (6.77 miles) Is the depth of the deepest area of the ocean: the Mariana Trench.

5500°C/9900°F This is the temerature of the Earth's core, as hot as the surface of the sun.

Iron Ball Core At the very centre of the Earth, sits a solid iron ball 1500 miles wide. It is white hot but the pressure is so immense the iron cannot melt.

A desert feeds a rainforest 40 million tonnes of nutrient-rich dust is blown from the Sahara desert, across the Atlantic to the Amazon rainforest every year. Without this invaluable dust, the Amazon rainforest would not exist.

Driest Place on Earth Is the imaginatively named 'Dry Valleys' in Antarctica. It hasn't rained there for 2 million years.

The Hottest Temperature Ever Recorded was 56.7°C/134°F recorded in 1913 in Furnace Creek Ranch, California U.S.A

The Coldest Temperature Ever Recorded was -89.2°C/-128.6°F recorded in 1983 at Vostok Station, Antarctica.

Earthlings 106 billion people have existed on planet Earth. The world population will reach 9.2 billion by 2050

Dimensions of the Earth

Circumference of the Equator: 40,076 km

Total Surface Area of the Earth: 510,100,933 km²

Area of dry land (29.2%): 149,408,563 km²

Area of sea (70.8%): 360,692,370 km²

Continental Land Surface

Asia: 43,608,000 km²

Africa: 30,335,000 km²

North America: 25,349,000 km²

South America: 17,611,000 km²

Antarctica: 13,340,000 km²

Europe: 10,498,000 km²

Australia and Oceania: 8,923,000 km²

Longest Rivers of the World

Nile (Africa): 6,695 km

Amazon (S. America): 6,515 km

Chang-Jiang/Yangtze (Asia): 6,380 km

Mississippi-Missouri (N. America): 6,019 km

Ob-Irtysh (Asia) 5,570 km

Yenisey-Angara (Asia): 5,550 km

Huang He-Yellow River (Asia): 5,464 km