Earth Facts

The Name "Earth"
The Name "Earth"

Earth is the only planet whose name in English is not derived from a Greco-Roman God.

North Poles
North Poles

Earth actually has two North Poles. One is the magnetic pole, where the compass needles point. The other is the pole that the Earth's meridians cross.

Earth Spin
Earth Spin

Right now, you are traveling through space at about 67,000 MPH. Earth spins at about 1,000 miles per hour and is currently moving through space at about 67,000 miles per hour around the sun.

The Sargasso Sea
The Sargasso Sea

The only sea on Earth that is defined by ocean currents rather than a land border is the Sargasso Sea.

The North and South Pole
The North and South Pole

The north and south pole trade places every 200,000 to 300,000 years.

Cosmic Dust
Cosmic Dust

Between 100 and 300 tons of cosmic dust enter the Earth's atmosphere every day.

Mount Chimborazo
Mount Chimborazo

The closest point to space on Earth is not Mount Everest. Rather it is Mount Chimborazo, a 20,000 plus foot mountain in the Andes.

Earthquake Statistics
Earthquake Statistics

There are about 500,000 detectable earthquakes in the world each year. 100,000 of those can be felt, and 100 of them cause damage.

Lake Baikal
Lake Baikal

Situated in south-east Siberia, Lake Baikal is the oldest (25 million years) and deepest (1,700 m) lake in the world. It contains 20% of the world's total unfrozen freshwater reserve.