Some cool facts about planet earth

planet earth facts and figures

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Planet earth is the third planet from the sun and the only known planet having Life in it. It is the fifth largest planet of our solar system. In this post, we have tried to gather major components of earth along with all the facts and figures.

So lets explore the earth.

Facts and figures:

Name: Earth
Origin of Name: The word “earth” is derived from an ancient word “eorthe“. Eorthe means ground or dry land. The earth is the only planet in the solar system that is not named after the Roman or Greek gods. Earth is also known as Globe or World.

Situated in: Milky Way Galaxy

Mass of Earth: 5.9736×1024 or 5,973,700,000,000,000,000,000,000 kg

Current age of earth: about 4.5 billion years

What you find in planet earth:

29.2% Land

  • 39% of the land is wilderness(natural environments and forests)
  • 22% Agricultural Area
  • 14% desert
  • 15% partial desert
  • 1% is occupied by Humans.
  • 9% is Antarctica

70.8% Water

  • 98% of this water is in oceans and can’t be used for drinking because of the salt.
  • 2% of the water is Fresh off which 1.6% is in frozen condition i-e glaciers
  • 0.36% of water is underground.
  • 0.036% of water is found in lakes and rivers, and can be  used for drinking.

77%Nitrogen Gas

mount everest is the highest mountain on the earth

Image credit: Flickr James C Farmer

21% Oxygen Gas

Rest 1% is the mixture of other gases

Total Population of the world: More than Seven billion

Total Continents: 7

Total Countries in the world: 196

Total cities in the world: 248572

Total Oceans in the world: 5

Total Seas in the world: 140

Total Rivers in the world: There are thousands of the rivers round the world but there are 174 rivers that are longer than 1000 km.

Total Mountains in the World: 109 (With height of more than 7000 meters)

Largest country by Area: Russia

Largest Country by Population: China

Largest Desert: Antarctic (Polar Desert)

Largest Ocean: Pacific

Longest River: Nile

Highest Mountain: Everest

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5 Responses to Some cool facts about planet earth
  1. kuron
    December 9, 2012 | 8:44 pm

    Thank you excellent post!
    I am surprised that 1% is occupied by People.
    People is small existence on the earth.
    As The earth is affect by the1%,i think the 1% is more humbly.

  2. Astilita
    January 2, 2013 | 5:56 pm

    Earth grows 1 cm every 100 years because of the dust from space.

  3. larry
    January 2, 2013 | 11:22 pm

    Tallest Mountain (base to peak): Mt. McKinley (Denali)

  4. Mossimeo (Mossy)
    February 15, 2013 | 6:56 am

    Do you know what the Kuiper Belt is? Well, it’s a ring of astroids around the milky way. Cool!

  5. Amit Kumar Singh
    April 2, 2013 | 6:00 pm

    1% population—– melts the glaciers….& 1.6% frozen condition water(in glaciers)…..can sink the continents…..& population lives on continents…..u r rit

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