CAROLYN'S COMPOSITIONS

April 6, 2014

11 Facts About Earth Day


CAROLYN’S COMPOSITIONS

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HUG FOR THE LIGONIER VALLEY HIGH SCHOOL GROUP

WHICH MANNED THE RECYCLING CENTER A DAY IN MARCH

11 FACTS ABOUT EARTH DAY

APRIL 22, 2014

Ligonier Recycling Center, Ligonier PA.

Ligonier Recycling Center, Ligonier PA.

IMG_3361EThe first Earth Day took place on April 22, 1970 and 20 million Americans participated. Wisconsin Senator Gaylord Nelson wanted to move environmental issues to the forefront of policy. Wanting to emulate the huge protests that occurred over the Vietnam War, he recruited eco-activist Dennis Hayes to help him organize Earth Day, calling it a nationwide “teach-in”.**

IMG_3353EQUESTIONS

  1. What percentage of the Earth’s surface is covered with water?
  2. What was the top fashion of 1970, the year of the first Earth Day?
  3. How long does it take to manufacture, fill, sell, recycle, and then remanufacture an aluminum beverage can?
  4. Measuring at the Equator, what is the circumference of the Earth? The diameter?
  5. What percentage of the Earth’s water is salt water?
  6. What percent of the Earth’s life species does the water support?
  7. The average depth of the ocean floor is 12,080.7 feet (3,682.2 m). At what depth is the “deep sea” said to begin?
  8. The top three elements the Earth is made of are Oxygen (47%), Silicon (28%) and ____________?
  9. Many Earth scientists, astronomers and astronauts call Earth the Blue Planet. Why?
  10. Anything made from organic materials needs 6 months to break down; paper and cotton also require 6 months. How long does it take to break down plastic items?

BONUS QUESTION

From the highest mountain peak to the deepest ocean trench, the surface of the Earth spans a vertical distance totaling ____________ (miles, kilometers) of vertical distance. The highest point, atop Mount Everest, is _______________ (feet, kilometers) above sea level. The deepest point, the Mariana Trench in the western Pacific Ocean, is ____________ (feet, kilometers) below sea level.

To learn the answers click on MORE:

IMG_3360EANSWERS

  1. 71 percent of the Earth’s surface*
  2. Bell-bottom pants**
  3. About 6 weeks total ****
  4. Nearly a 25,000 miles circumference with a diameter of the earth is 8,000 miles.*****
  5. Almost 97% is salt water*****
  6. 50 percent of Earth’s species of life*
  7. 5,900 feet (1,800 m)—Below that depth, no sunlight penetrates the water and the sea appears completely black. This lightless area is called the Bathypelagic Zone.*
  8. Aluminum (8%).*****
  9. Because the Earth is made of mostly water, the liquid blends in with the atmosphere to make the plant blue.*****
  10. Plastic items need 500 years to break down.*****

BONUS QUESTION

From the highest mountain peak to the deepest ocean trench, the surface of the Earth spans a vertical distance totaling 12.3 miles, 19.8 kilometers. The highest point, atop Mount Everest, is 29,029 feet, 8.9 km above sea level. The deepest point, the Mariana Trench in the western Pacific Ocean, is 35,814 feet, 10.9 km below sea level.*

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ADDITIONAL READING:

Earth Day 1970 Leads to Slippery Rock, PA, Recycling Center

EARTH DAY 2010: Being Stewards of the Earth

Seven Billion People on Planet Earth

SOURCES

*   http://www.livescience.com/27551-our-amazing-planet-top-to-bottom-mountaintop-to-ocean-trench-infographic.html

**  http://www.ehow.com/info_7991613_earth-day-fun-kids.html

***   http://www.parents.com/fun/parties/special-occasions/fun-facts-about-earth-day/

****  http://www.henslernurseryindiana.com/earth-day-fun-facts/

*****   http://www.2020site.org/fun-facts/Fun-Earth-Facts.html

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2 Comments »

  1. Happy Earth day to you….Happy Earth Day to you…..Happy Earth Day dear Carolyn…..Happy Earth Day to…..you…….

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    Comment by Fred Wells — April 6, 2014 @ 9:05 am | Reply

  2. Carolyn…Happy Earth Day!! 🙂
    How could we forget bell-bottom pants?? for me,easy…

    Comment by merry101 — April 7, 2014 @ 6:47 pm | Reply


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