The Earth radiates back into space as much heat as it receives from the sun. If this was not so, the temperature on Earth would steadily rise and life would become impossible
Nearly 65 percent of America's aluminum cans are recycled.
There are more than 50,000 earthquakes throughout the world every year.
The Earth's orbit around the sun is not perfectly circular: it is slightly oval-shaped. In the northern hemisphere, the Earth is about 3 million miles closer to the sun during the winter than in the summer.
Next to wood, coal is the oldest of fuels. The Chinese mined it as long ago as 1000 B.C. and used it to smelt iron and copper.
The energy released by a hurricane each day would, if converted to electricity, keep the entire United States supplied with electrical power for up to three years.
Ninety percent of all volcanic activity occurs in the oceans. In 1993, scientists located the largest known concentration of active volcanoes on the sea floor in the South Pacific. This area, the size of New York state, hosts 1,133 volcanic cones and sea mounts. Two or three could erupt at any moment.
No one has ever discovered two snowflakes with exactly the same crystal pattern.
There are more than 500 crematories in the United States. These modern facilities are considered environmentally friendly. They are engineered so that little, if any, of a corpse’s gases escape into the atmosphere; the vapors are recirculated through the oven.
There are more than 700 species of plants that grow in the United States that have been identified as dangerous if eaten. Among them are some that are commonly favored by gardeners: buttercups, daffodils, lily of the valley, sweet peas, oleander, azalea, bleeding heart, delphinium, and rhododendron.
The fastest jet stream seen was found to be traveling at a speed of 408 miles per hour at height of 154,200 feet above South Uist, Outer Hebrides, Scotland.
There is about one quarter-pound of salt in every gallon of seawater.
The fastest temperature change on record is a rise of 49 degrees F in two minutes, from -4 degrees to 45 degrees F. This occurred in Spearfish, South Dakota, January 1943, between 7:30 and 7:32 am.
No true mosses grow in salt water.
There is an organization in Berkeley, California, whose members gather monthly to discuss and honor the garlic plant. Called "The Lovers of the Stinky Rose," this unusual organization holds and annual garlic festival and publishes a newsletter known as "Garlic Time."
The female anglerfish is six times larger than her mate. The male anchors himself to the top of her head and stays there for the rest of his life. They literally become one. Their digestive and circulatory systems are merged. Except for two very large generative organs and a few fins, nothing remains of the male.
No truly freshwater fishes have reached Bermuda or could survive there, for all of the ponds are brackish and the streams are temporary.
There's enough energy in ten minutes of one hurricane to match the nuclear stockpiles of the world.
The fiber of the stinging nettle was used to make the fine linen sheets upon which Mary, Queen of Scots, slept.
North Dakota is the nation's top sunflower grower, producing 50 percent of the U.S. crop. Germany uses kernels heavily in making bread and is the largest export market for U.S.-produced sunflower kernels, accounting for more than half of all kernel exports. Spain is the largest export market for U.S. in-shell sunflowers.
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