Have you ever stopped to think how wonderful our planet is? Did you know that if you evaporated all the water out of all the oceans and spread the remaining salt over the Earth, you would have a 150 metre layer of salt covering the entire planet!
Have you ever given some time to contemplating how amazing is Mother Nature. Every minute of every day we are constantly discovering new species. So far Science has put a name to some 2 million species of plants, animals and microbes on Earth, but it is estimated that there are many more still waiting to be discovered. The most commonly discovered new species are typically insects, a type of animal with a high degree of biodiversity. Newly discovered mammal species are less common, but they do occur, typically in remote places that haven’t been well studied previously. Some animals are found to be new species only when scientists look closely at their genetic code, because they look outwardly similar to another species — these are called cryptic species.
But really how aware are we of the typical behaviours of some of our species that we have been living with side by side since we first set foot on our magnificent planet? For example did you know that when sleeping, an otter will hold hands with another otter. How cute is that?
Why don’t you read these statements below and decide which of them you think are true and which are false
- There is approximately 100, 000 bacteria living on 1cm of our skin.
- Our skin renews itself only once every year.
- Frogs keep clean by shedding their skins and swallowing it
- Cows sleep with their eyes open.
- Our arms are the part of our body that we use the most.
- It’s not good to climb to the top of trees too often because we get older quicker.
Now watch this bbc video link to check out the answers and listen to more amazing facts about our planet.
Click on this link for more awesome facts then write in to the comments section with the fact that has surprised you the most.
- Spread- distributed over a large area
- Cute- appealing, charming
- Shedding- what animals do when they lose their skin
- Swallowing- the action of passing food and drink from your mouth into your body
- Awesome- amazing