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The Earth

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The Earth


Important Earth Facts:

  1. Earth is 7,926 miles wide (12,756 km).
  2. It is the 3rd planet from the sun – 93 million miles (150 million km) away.
  3. It takes 365 days to go around (revolve) the sun in its orbit.
  4. It takes 24 hours to spin on its axis (rotate).
  5. The Earth is actually tipped 23.5° on its axis which is why we have the changing seasons.
  6. In the Northern Hemisphere, in the summer, the Arctic is tipped so far toward the sun that from March 20th to September 22nd the sun never stops shining there.
  7. The Earth's crust is made up of shifting tectonic plates that move over a thick, rocky mantle.
  8. 75% of it is covered with water.
  9. It has active volcanoes and is the only planet with life (as we know it).
  10. Its atmosphere is made up of nitrogen and oxygen.
  11. The range of temperatures around the planet average 57.2°F (14°C)
  12. It has 1 moon.


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