Tuesday, July 17, 2007

Offbeat Tuesday

The Earth's equator is 24,901.458 miles long.

The distance to the center of the Earth is 3,958 miles.

The Earth is farther away from the sun in July than in January.

The axial tilt of the Earth is 23.45 degrees.

The Earth's diameter is 7,926.68 miles, or 12,756.776 kilometers.

The deepest depression on the Earth is the Marianas Trench, at 35,798 feet deep, located in the Pacific Ocean.

The three types of plate boundaries are divergent boundaries, convergent boundaries, and transform boundaries.

The biggest and most destructive earthquake in the world since 1900 was in Chile on May 22, 1960, with a magnitude of 9.5 on the Richter Scale.

The biggest earthquake in the United States since 1900 was in Alaska on March 28, 1964, with a magnitude of 9.2 on the Richter Scale. This was also the second largest earthquake in the world.

The largest volcano in the world is Mauna Loa, located at the island of Hawaii, in the Pacific Ocean.

The tallest volcano in the world is Ojos del Salado in Chile. It is 22,589 feet (6,887 meter) tall.

If all the ice in the world was melted into water (some 5.5 million cubic miles) (23 million cubic kilometers), in all, the oceans would rise 1.7% percent, or about 180 feet (60 meters).

The world's smallest volcano is Mount Taal, located on the island Luzon, about 30 miles south of the Philippines' capital, Manila, which is about 1,310 feet high, where a building in Chicago is taller than.

Millions of years ago, all the land on Earth were together as one big island (continent), called Pangaea.

The world's worst earthquake occured in 1556 in China killing approximately 830,000 people.

The Earth's prime meridian is 24,859.731 miles long.

U.S. cities Los Angeles and San Francisco become about 2.5 inches closer to each other every year because they are on opposite sides of the St. Andreas Fault.

The Earth weighs (mass) 6,585,428,233,724,480,000,000 pounds (5,974,200,000,000,000,000,000,000 kilograms).

The weight of the Earth's crust is 23,600,000,000,000,000,000,000 kilograms.

The weight of the Earth's mantle is 4,050,000,000,000,000,000,000,000 kilograms.

The deepest valley is the Yarlung Zangbo valley in Tibet at an average 16,400 feet (5,000 meters) deep. The deepest point has been measured at 17,657 feet (5,382 meters).

1 comment:

Hammer said...

Very interesting. Geology is fascinating, thanks!