Nature can sometimes be astonishingly complex and fascinating. Read the most amazing natural facts below!
1. Strange but true – there are 12 times more trees on Earth than stars in the Milky Way!
Scientists estimate that our galaxy contains between 200 and 400 billion stars, while there are an estimated 1 trillion trees on Earth! Like stars, trees often have a long life and are essential to life on Earth.
2. Once upon a time, 4 different human species lived simultaneously on Earth.
After careful research on human fossils in Kenya, Ethiopia and Chad, German scientists have come to the conclusion that about 3 million years ago, 4 different human species lived side by side. It is not known if they were related or if they had contact with each other.
3. Cows kill more people than sharks.
Hard to believe, but really true. Sharks kill an average of 5 people a year, while cows are responsible for the death of an average of 22 people. In fact, people are more deadly to sharks than the other way around, as people kill around 100 million sharks a year!
4. You are unlikely to die from quicksand.
Everybody knows the movies and TV shows in which victims are dramatically swallowed up by quicksand. And it’s just that… Dramatic, but not true. This is because most quicksand is only a few inches deep. When someone dies in quicksand, it usually happens in a tidal basin. The person gets stuck in the sand and drowns as soon as the tide comes in.
5. All planets in the Milky Way fit between the Earth and the Moon, with a little space left.
Unbelievable! If you don’t believe me, take a look at the image below.
6. Once upon a time, there were no bacteria that could break down trees.
The trees that existed 300 million years ago don’t look like the trees that now cover the Earth’s surface. These trees were able to grow extremely high, but had very shallow root systems that caused them to fall over easily. Since, at that time, there were no microbes that could break these trees down, they did not perish but piled up. Eventually, this layer formed into something that can be considered a blessing or a curse… coal.
7. Pineapples take two years to grow.
Remember this fact the next time you buy a nice pineapple and leave it to rot in the fruit bowl. With the help of a cutting, it takes about 18 months before the plant is in bloom, but if you plant the top of a pineapple, it can take up to 2 to 2.5 years to grow.
8. Every year, about a million people die from mosquito bites.
That comes down to 2,700 people a day, or 100 an hour. How’s this possible? Malaria is the cause of most deaths. Mosquitoes carry the virus that causes malaria. After a mosquito bite, the virus is transmitted to humans. Every 30 seconds, a child dies of malaria. Let that sink in…
9. Pluto has not made a complete revolution around the sun since its discovery in 1930.
“Why?” you might say. It’s really true! Pluto was discovered on February 18, 1930 and hasn’t made a full revolution around the sun since then because of its incredibly slow orbit. It takes Pluto no less than 248.09 years to complete its orbit. This means that Pluto will not complete its first full revolution since 1930 until March 23rd 2178.