Let me introduce you our planet!

Nile River
Nile River Delta at Night

1. The Nile River is the longest river on Earth.  It measures 4,160 miles in length.

2. Mount Everest is the highest mountain on Earth.  It’s peak measures 29,029 feet above sea level.

3. The lowest point on Earth is the Dead Sea measuring 1,302 feet below seal level.

4. The Amazon Rainforest is the largest tropical rainforest on Earth.

Sahara_satellite_hires
A satellite image of the Sahara by NASA World Wind.

5. The Sahara Desert is the largest desert, covering approximately 1/3 of Africa.

6. Is the Earth round?Almost!It’s slightly flattened at the North and South poles.

7. Earth is 93 million miles away from the sun.

8. It takes 8 minutes for the energy from the sun to reach Earth.

9. Earth rotates around the sun at about 1,000 miles per hour.

blue-planet-earth10. Earth is the fifth largest planet in diameter.

11. Earth is referred to as the blue planet.  Earth looks blue because from outer space the oceans and atmosphere combine to make our planet look blue.

12. Earth’s diameter is 8,000 miles.

13. 80% of all life on Earth lives under the surface of the ocean.

14. Most volcanoes take place under the water.

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