Earth is Big is a fantastic non-fiction book of extremes for children to explore with friends. It’s sure to prompt lots of discussion about all of the amazing facts about our Earth. With bite-sized facts, it’s a book to dip into again and again. My favourite is the Earth is Jagged page with incredible mountains, canyons, waterfalls and pyramids! The super illustrations by Marquitos Farina make the amazing facts even more clear and engaging.
I’m pleased to welcome author Steve Tomecek to Scope for Imagination with a guest post about his favourite facts.
What are some of my favourite, unusual facts found in Earth Is Big?
While Earth Is Big contains hundreds of facts about our world and the things found on it, I did come across a few pieces of information that really got my attention. To start with, even though our Earth is 81 times more massive than the Moon, compared to our Sun it’s tiny. You could put over 1 million Earth’s inside the Sun and still have some space left over. Then there is the age of the Earth, most scientists agree that our planet is about 4.54 billion years old, but our Moon is about 250 million years younger. Our moon was actually blasted out of our planet after we were hit by an object called Theia which was roughly the size of Mars!
Speaking of age, we humans really don’t come close to other living things found on the planet when it comes to how long we live. So far, the oldest person on record was a woman in France named Jeanne Calment who was 122 years 164 days old when she died in 1997. She would be a teenager when compared with a Greenland shark though, which can live to be 400 years old. Of course, a really old shark would just be an infant compared to the oldest living tree which is found in Sweden and is believed to be close to 10,000 years old!
While doing my research I discovered lots of other incredible facts about some of the other living things found on our planet. Right now, there are about 7.8 billion people living on the Earth with more being born every day, but that’s just a drop in the bucket compared to the number of chickens which are estimated to be around 50 billion! Another cool fact is that even when you are sitting by yourself, you are not alone. Your body is home to billions of bacteria that are alive and kicking inside of you. In fact, scientists estimate that a typical adult have something like 38 trillion bacteria in their bodies!
Here’s one more interesting tidbit about our world that most people do not know… I was always taught that our Earth is a sphere and is perfectly round like a bowling ball but that’s not the case. When measured across the equator our planet is 12,756 km wide but if you measure it from pole to pole it’s about 42 km shorter. The difference is due to the Earth’s rotation which causes our planet to flatten out a bit. So, this means that Earth is not a sphere, it’s something that scientists call and “oblate spheroid”. Try using that fact next time you want to impress someone! This is just a small sample of the type of information you’ll find in Earth Is Big!
EARTH IS BIG by Steve Tomecek, illustrated by Marquitos Farina out now in hardback (£14.99, What on Earth Books). For ages 7+.
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