Hello, beautiful being. Welcome back and today we venture into something totally worth the time – Mother Earth.
Geography was one of my favourite subjects in both primary and high school as learning the wonders and tech aspects was super interesting to me. Now, at 24 years old, I find myself wondering about what new discoveries have been made. I need to schedule a weekend of reading up on NASA content. Wish me luck?
Humans have been fascinated with the beautiful blue planet that we now call Home and for centuries, scientists and explorers have documented findings to share with the public and some of them can found by reading on.
Our beautiful home has an interactive and complex process in which make it habitable for animals, humans, and vegetation. Unfortunately, due to intense human inflicted global warming – The seasons are no longer in sync every year.
Are you concerned about global warming? What would you like to implement to governments as a way to cool the planet for future generations?
Listed below is a variety of facts and comparisons sourced from a primary resource for you to read over and keep noted for any future references (This would benefit teachers as well as Earth lovers)
World Facts and Comparisons
The Earth is currently over 4.54 billion years old and covers an area of 510 million sq. km! Wow, that is absolutely earth-mazing!
The coldest place goes to Plateau station in Antarctica (-57 degrees C and -70 degrees F)
The hottest place is found in Ethiopia. The Danakil desert has been recorded with a whopping 96 degrees F and 36 degrees C
The largest oceans
Pacific – 64+ million sq. miles
Atlantic – 33+ million sq. miles
Indian – 28+ million sq. miles
Southern – 20+ million sq. miles
Artic – only at 5+ million sq. miles
Did you know that there are over 250 countries and island flags recorded in the atlas? There is an island called Virgin Island with a population of 100 000+ people? Adult humour moment: Do you think all the purebloods flock there?
Some continents listed with 2 bonus snippets at the end of the section. Have you travelled to any of those listed below, share your photos and stories in the comments section (Generally found at the bottom of the article)
Africa has 54 countries with a current total of over 1 billion people! South America has 13 countries with a current total of over 380 million people.
Oceania is the combination of islands with Australia and is the smallest continent that depends on affluent countries, politically. With a current total of 36+ million people spanning over 14 countries.
Europe has 50 countries with a current total of about 700+ million people and is the second smallest continent after Australia.
BONUS: The Vatican City is the smallest country in terms of area and a further reading can be accessed by clicking the link here
Something to think about: Earth’s Source of Fresh Water (69% Glaciers-ice caps, 30% Groundwater & 19% Rivers/Lakes)
World Time Zones
A time zone is any of the 24 divisions of the earth’s surface where the same standard time is used. Back in the 19th century, Sir Sandford Fleming proposed the system and he recommended the world be divided into the 24 time zones, each spaced 15 degrees of longitude apart. Greenwich in England was set at 0 degrees or Prime Meridian.
The 24 zones are based on the above meridian. However, due to country boundaries, there are irregular time zones – China and Australia are good examples of this.
The crust of Earth is divided into plates. Plate tectonics tells a story of how continents have drifted over the years. Supercontinent is the term used for a large mass of land which is formed by the meeting of several or more continents. Pangea is a good example and was formed over 225 million years ago, can you imagine living in that era with all the pieces interlinked?
The Spheres of the World
Lithosphere – Landforms on/near the earth’s surface
Hydrosphere – Forms of water covered globally
Atmosphere – The gaseous envelope surround and circulating Earth
Biosphere – Life forms and areas to sustain that form
For more great insight why not purchase the atlas from your local PNA store (South African readers) or online at http://www.pegasusforkids.com/inr/pegasus-world-atlas-international.html ?
Moving along to a topic that often leaves a person a bit confused and somewhat interested…
The Bermuda Triangle is a very real place where ships, planes, and people have disappeared without no good explanation. Since a magazine first coined the phrase “Bermuda Triangle” in 1964, the mystery has continued to attract attention.
Does this mean there’s nothing to the claims of so many who have had odd experiences in the Bermuda Triangle? Well, scientists have documented deviations from the norm in the area and have found some interesting formations on the seafloor within the Bermuda Triangle’s boundaries. So, for those who like to believe in it, there is plenty fuel for the fire.
Many think of the Bermuda Triangle, also known as the Devil’s Triangle, as an “imaginary” area. However, within this imaginary area, many real vessels and the people aboard them have seemingly disappeared without explanation. Can you explain this age old mystery? I would love to read up on your thoughts, dont foget to comment at the end of this article.
The Bermuda Triangle is located off the Southeastern coast of the United States in the Atlantic Ocean.
If you want your great grandkids to have a future, you need to take care of this planet – We only have one home, let’s recycle, reduce, reuse and reinvent where possible?
Sources: Pegasus World Atlas, History.com