Author: Desislava Georgieva

1. A day on Earth does not consist of exactly 24 hours.In fact, a day has 23 hours 56 minutes and 4 ceĸynds – this is the time it takes the planet to make one rotation oĸo its own oc.

2. The coldest place on Earth is Vostok (in Antarctica) and the warmest place is Al Aziziya (in Libya)

3. A ĸaland year on Earth has 365.2564 days. Due to this extra number 0.2564, every 4 years there is a vicoĸocnna year with one extra day in the month of February, when it has 29 days.

4. The oldest tree on Earth is 9500 years old. The tree is a member of the pine family (Pinaceae) and is located in California.
Above are 10 interesting facts about Earth that show how special our planet is and how important it is to keep it as it is.

5. In Nepal lives the only living goddess in the world called Kumari. Kumari literally means virgin in Nepali. It is believed that the girls chosen as Kumari are incarnations of the Hindu goddess of power, Kali.

6. Our planet is more than 4.5 billion years old. Quite a bit younger than the Sun. Recent evidence suggests that the Earth formed much earlier than previously thought, and this occurred about 10 million years after the birth of the Sun, a stellar event determined to have taken place 4.6 billion years ago.

7. Kitty’s hog-nosed bat is the world’s smallest mammal. The animal weighs just 2 grams! The bat was discovered in 1974 by Thai zoologist Kitty Thonglongya, who gave it this name because of its tiny pink proboscis, which actually resembles a pig’s snout.

8. Earth is the only planet in the solar system not named after a Roman or Greek deity.

9. Earth’s core is as hot as the Sun. According to scientists, the temperature for the Earth’s core is about 5,700 degrees – just as hot as the surface of the Sun. Interestingly, this temperature is actually quite low for the star at the center of the solar system. In its atmosphere, it reaches up to 2 million degrees.

10. Earth was once covered in giant sponges. Before trees, about 400 million years ago, the Earth’s surface was covered with giant sponges. Back then, deciduous and coniferous trees reached several meters in height, while mushrooms grew up to 8 meters and a meter in diameter.


Improving public knowledge about the role of Civil Society Organizations

The project “Improving public knowledge about the role of Civil Society Organizations” shall be implemented with the financial support of Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway under the EEA Financial Mechanism. The main goal of the project is to improve citizens’ awareness of the role of non-governmental organizations in society. This material is established with the financial support of the Active Citizens Fund of Bulgaria under the Financial Mechanism of the European Economic Area. The whole responsibility for the content of the document is held by the Public Environmental Center for Sustainable Development and under no circumstances can this material be considered to reflect the official opinion of the Financial Mechanism of the European Economic Area and the Active Citizens Fund of Bulgaria.