April 22, 2018 is Earth Day. In honor of this great day, I am giving you a little quiz. How well do you know planet earth? Here are 10 true or false statements about the planet we call home. Decide: Is the statement true or false? Then check the answers below.
TRUE or FALSE:
- Earth is the third planet from the sun.
- Earth formed about 4.5 million years ago.
- About 70% of the earth’s surface is covered in water.
- A year on earth is 365.2564 days.
- Earth has more than one moon.
- Only 3% of earth’s water is fresh; the rest is salted.
- The earth tilts at roughly 66 degrees.
- The rotation of the earth is gradually speeding up.
- An estimated 80% of the creatures on earth have four legs.
- There are more stars in the universe than there are grains of sand on earth.
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Here are the answers:
- F – Earth formed about 4.5 BILLION years ago.
- T – That’s why the astronauts dubbed earth the Blue Planet.
- T – That’s why we need a leap year every four years. We tack on an extra day in February.
- F – Earth has only one moon BUT earth has two asteroids locked into co-orbital orbits with it. Astronomers have even given them names: 3753 Cruithne and 2002 AA29! These asteroids do not orbit the earth. They orbit the sun with the earth.
- T – And of the 3% of fresh water on earth, two-thirds of it is found in icecaps and glaciers. Another one-third is ground water. Only .3 of earth’s fresh water is found on the surface in the form of rivers, lakes, and swamps. I live in Chardon, OH which is 10 miles south of Lake Erie. Those of us living near the Great Lakes are living near a gold mine. Some historians say, “Today’s wars are being fought over oil. Future wars will be fought over water.”
- T – And the tilt of the earth gives us our four seasons. Depending how far you are from the equator, those seasons can be quite beautiful and dramatic.
- F – The rotation of the earth is slowing down—approximately 17 milliseconds per hundred years. Eventually our days will be longer, but it will take 140 million years before our day will increase from 24 to 25 hours!
- F – 80% of earth’s creatures have SIX legs. Yes, insects rule!
- T – There are more stars than grains of sand on earth. Earth has about 7 quintillion, 500 quadrillion grains of sand. The known universe contains about 70 thousand, million, million, million stars. That means there are approximately 10,000 stars for every grain of sand on earth! Whew! When God was making stars, God really got carried away!
Let us conclude our reflection with a short prayer:
Creator of our beautiful Blue Planet, thank you!
Thank you for this incredible home you have given us.
Thank you for the miracles we experience every day.
Thank you for the mysteries that surround us,
Mysteries waiting to be pondered, known, and appreciated.
Give us a greater love and respect for our earthly home.
Help us to be good stewards of all you have given us.
Give us a genuine respect for all human beings, our fellow earthlings.
Give us a greater respect for our fellow animals and all living things.
Help us to share the goods of earth with one another.
We ask these things through Jesus,
Who walked our dusty roads, drank our water, and gazed in wonderment at the stars.
What aspect(s) of planet earth fascinate you the most? Why?
What are some of the ways you show your gratitude for our Blue Planet?
PS: Retreat Cruise: Speaking of our beautiful planet, I will be leading a retreat aboard a Royal Caribbean cruise ship, February 7-12, 2019. The ship leaves from Fort Lauderdale, FL and makes two stops in Mexico. During the cruise I will be giving four conferences and leading us in prayer as we sail the sea together. Although it says it’s a women’s retreat, men are welcome too! Cost starts at about $500. For more details click on the link below to see or print the 4-page brochure:
I chose an instrumental for today’s video. The 5 minute video is called “God’s Beautiful Creation” and features stunning photographs from all over the world. I hope you enjoy the music and the pictures.
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