Mother Earth: Here's What You May Not Know About Her...
If Earth were to have a birthday, today would be the day. Today, we celebrate our home, and the abundance of love, nourishment and support that she provides. Make no mistake, we celebrate her every single day. But on this day in particular, we are giving unconditional thanks and praise for the Big Blue Dot that we call home. We love you, Mother Earth! Thank you for your life.
Here's a few fun facts that you may, or may not know about your one true home. She's a funky one, that planet Earth. You never know what you're going to get...
- Antarctica has as much ice as the Atlantic Ocean has water. And speaking of oceans, Earth is covered in 70% water, yet, humans have only explored a mere 5% of that, meaning, 95% of our vast seas are yet to be seen!
- Think you know what the biggest organism on the planet is? Well, lemme tell you...it's fungus. There's a span of over 2,200 acres in Oregon allotted to a really huge fungus called Armillaria (aka, honey mushroom).
- The Himalayas came to us via a shift in unseen tectonic plates between 40 and 50 million years ago, when India and Eurasia collided, skyrocketing some crazy magnificent 1,800 mile long jagged mountain peaks.
- Mother Earth is 93 million miles from the Sun, meaning it takes 8 minutes and 19 seconds for sunlight to reach our skin (and precious plants).
- Lightening strikes 8.6 million times a day (that's 6,000 flashes every minute), and a single stroke of lightening heats the atmosphere up to 54,000 degrees Fahrenheit, causing the air to expand rapidly (aka, the sometimes scary sound of thunder).
- The ocean is a total gold mine. Every liter of ocean water contains 13 billionths of a gram of the precious metal. Similarly, Earth's core (which, fyi, is as hot as the surface of the Sun) hordes 99% of our planet's gold, enough to form a 1.5 foot thick film around it's surface.
- Our continents move 2cm every year...
- Contrary to popular belief, the Earth isn't round! She's actually got quite the waistline, due to centrifugal forces pushing outwards.
- Eventually, our magnetic poles will switch! And that won't have been the first time. Every 200,000 to 300,000 years, this crazy thing happens, taking hundreds of years to make the complete switch. During this time, the poles wander their way from region to region, eventually settling for another 200,000 to 300,000 years on opposite ends. Guess we're not the only ones in need of a change of scenery from time to time.
- Earth's largest mountain range actually lives under water...along with 1 million (yes, million) other unidentified species that we have yet to befriend.
And that's not even close to all...
Anything you've learned about Mama Earth recently? Anything that leaves you in awe, and humbles you before her beauty?! Share in the comments below <3 Happy Earth Day to all!