• Driest place on
Earth- A place called Arica, in Chile, gets just 0.03 inches
(0.76 millimeters) of rain per year. At that rate, it would take
a century to fill a coffee cup.
• The official name for the planet Earth, as set by the
International Astronomical Union, is Terra, after the Roman
goddess Terra Mater.
• Wettest place on Earth- Lloro, Colombia averages 523.6 inches
of rainfall a year, or more than 40 feet (13 meters). That's
about 10 times more than fairly wet major cities in Europe or
the United States.
• Surface area of the Earth- There is 196,950,711 square miles
(510,100,000 square kilometers).
• The majority occur along boundaries of the dozen or so major
plates that more or less float on the surface of Earth. One of
the most active plate boundaries where earthquakes and eruptions
are frequent, for example, is around the massive Pacific Plate
commonly referred to as the Pacific Ring of Fire. It fuels
shaking and baking from Japan to Alaska to S. America
• As of the year
2000, USGS scientists estimated that volcanoes posed a tangible
risk to at least 500 million people. This is comparable to the
entire population of the world at the beginning of the
• At least 300,000. Between 1980 and 1990, volcanic activity
killed at least 26,000 people.
• Our planet is more than 4.5 billion years old, just a shade
younger than the Sun. Recent evidence actually shows that Earth
was formed much earlier than previously believed, just 10
million years after the birth of the Sun, a stellar event
typically put at 4.6 billion years ago.