Planet Earth is fascinating and amazing. There are many things we don’t yet know about her, but quite a lot that we do. We live on Earth and we use her resources everyday, but what exactly do you know about it? Today, we are sharing some of the things you may not know about this beautiful planet of ours.
The Earth is not completely round
Earth is not completely round or an exact sphere. Because of the flattened poles and the equator that bulges, Earth has more of an oblate spheroid shape. The Earth consists of an inner and outer core, a mantle (the magma), and the crust (tectonic plates).
Plate tectonics is what keeps us comfortable
Tectonic plates are plates that form the outer crust of the Earth and floats on top of the magma interior. When these plates move, they can bump against each other or one will go underneath the other. This is what usually causes earthquakes. Where the plates pull apart, new crust will form. This is important for the carbon cycle.
The Earth consists of iron, oxygen, and silicon.
The Earth is mainly made up of these three materials. It contains 32.1% iron, 30.1% oxygen, 13.9% magnesium, and 15.1% silicon. The distribution of these materials is different for each layer of the earth. The iron is more in the core, while the oxygen is more in the crust.
A day is not 24 hours exactly
In reality, the Earth takes 23 hours, 56 minutes, and 4 seconds to rotate full circle on its axis. The 4 minutes that we are short, is made up the sun’s movement as it rises.
A year is not 365 days exactly
A year is in actual fact 365.2564 days long. This comma point value is why we need a Leap Year every four years. It adds up to that one extra day.
There is so much more we should all know about this wonderful planet of ours. You will be amazed by the things that the Earth offer us and do for us. As a planet, it is truly fascinating.
Bees have been in the news a lot lately. They have been added to the endangered list recently and this has caused a lot of uproars. If you are not sure why you should continue reading. Bees are vital for human life and we need to take care of them. Bees and their function in nature are of the utmost importance to keep life on earth going.
Reasons why bees are so important:
Many of the foods that we eat every day are thanks to bees and their pollination. Without pollination, these foods would not grow and we will have nothing to eat. Bees are responsible for pollinating roughly 80% of crops. Not only is this important for food, but it also makes money for farmers who have crops.
Bees are also responsible for keeping our beautiful flowers around. They pollinate the flowers and help them reproduce to keep growing more and more flowers.
2. Health benefits
Honey is very rich in almost all the nutrients, vitamins, minerals, and water that our bodies need to sustain us. It is also filled with antioxidants that fight diseases and improve brain function. All and all, honey is of the healthiest, natural substances that we can eat.
Honey is often prescribed for people with chronic illnesses and people who want to lose weight. It is a good alternative for sugar and completely natural.
3. Bees are unique
Bumble bees have built-in GPS capabilities that only computers can simulate. They can figure out the shortest and most time-efficient courses between flowers. Bees are the only animals we know of that can do this without a problem. Their instincts are uncanny and unrivaled.
Because their wings stroke 11 400 times per minute, we hear a buzzing noise when a bee flies by. They can fly approximately 15 miles per hour and they can fly for around 6 miles non-stop before they need to take a break.
Bees are truly amazing creatures and their function in nature and the products they make are of great benefit to human life. It is important that we protect them.