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Amazing facts about planet Earth to teach your kids

Posted on 1 March 2016

There’s no denying planet Earth is an incredible place, however getting everyone to look after our planet can be a little tricky. If you’re struggling to get your kids saving energy around the home, a great way to get them breaking a few bad habits is to teach them more about the incredible world they live in. So, to inspire your children to look after the planet, here’s a selection of some of the most amazing facts about planet Earth to teach your kids.

1. The Earth is the same age as the moon and the sun, all of which are around 4.56 billion years old.

Scientists have been able to figure out the approximate age of the Earth by working out the age of some of the planet’s oldest rocks.

2. There are more lifeforms on your skin than there are people on earth. 

Small child in rain

There are about 90 trillion microbes on or in your skin at any one time.

3. The weight of a hummingbird is less than a penny.

This tiny bird is also the smallest in existence and the only bird that can fly backwards.

4. A rocket needs to travel at 7 miles per second to escape Earth’s gravity. 

Rocket

A spacecraft leaving Earth typically travels at around 25,000 miles per hour.

5. When a flea jumps, the acceleration rate is 20 times greater than that of a rocket being launched.

Thought the rocket was moving fast? Fleas accelerate 20 times faster than rockets in just one jump by storing a naturally springy protein called resilin in their bodies.

6. Jellyfish are 95% water. 

Jellyfish

A jellyfish has no brain, blood or heart. What it does have is a basic nervous system and a simple digestive cavity.

7. There is a species of jellyfish, known as the Turritopsis nutricula, which is immortal.

Despite many jellyfish being simple entities, there’s one member of the jellyfish family who seems to have the secret to immortality. The unique sea creature can undergo transdifferentiation when threatened, which means it transforms its cells into different types of cells. Sort of like a jellyfish Doctor Who.

8. The Earth is travelling through space at a whopping 67,000 miles per hour. 

Earth

This is the speed that the Earth travels around its elliptical orbit of the sun. It takes a full year to complete one orbit.

9. Goat’s pupils are rectangular.

Scientists believe that goats’ unusually shaped pupils are a result of their place in the food chain, helping them to spot predators by allowing them to see panoramically.

10.  Male penguins propose by giving their mate a pebble. 

Penguins

When a male penguin wishes to propose, he will search the beach for the most perfect pebble he can find and then present it to his mate. If the female penguin approves, she will pick up the pebble and put it in her nest.

11. In their lifetime, the average person walks the equivalent of three times around the equator.

On average, a person will walk around 70,000 miles in their lifetime which is almost equivalent to walking around the world three times.

12. A giraffe can clean its own ears using its tongue which is 21-inches long. 

Giraffe

Giraffes are the tallest animal on the planet and are usually between 14.1 – 18.7 feet tall.

13. The loudest noise made by a living creature is the call of the humpback whale.

The speed of sound is four times greater in water than in the air at sea level, so many sea mammals rely on hearing to communicate over their other senses.

14. An ostrich’s eye is bigger than its brain. 

Ostrich

This is both due to ostriches having very large eyes and rather small brains. Despite their small brains, these flightless birds are the fastest birds over land.

15. 40% of the Earth’s land is in six countries.

The six largest countries contain 40% of the Earth’s land. These countries are Russia, Canada, China, USA, Brazil and Australia.  

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