We love nature! As a brand focused on planting 1 billion trees by 2030, we’d be crazy not to love nature! Nature can be, at times, mind-bogglingly complex and truly fascinating. Here are 10 of our favourite strange and mind-blowing facts about nature.
1. Strange but true – there are 12 times more trees on Earth than stars in the Milky Way!
Scientists estimate there are between 200 – 400 billion stars in our galaxy while there are an estimated 1 trillion trees on Earth! Like the stars, trees live a long time and are truly important for life. Check out a related blog you might like here.
2. There was a time when 4 distinct human species lived at the same time
After carefully studying hominin fossils found in Kenya, Ethiopia and Chad, German scientists have concluded that 4 distinct human species coexisted at the same time about 3 million years ago. What isn’t known is how or if they are related and whether they interacted with one another.
3. Cows kill more people than sharks
Hard to believe, but true. Sharks kill an average of 5 people per year while cows kill an average of 22 people per year. In fact, humans are more deadly to sharks than they are to humans. Humans kill about 100 million sharks per year!
4. It’s unlikely that anyone could die in quicksand
You know all those movies and TV shows where someone very dramatically gets swallowed up by quicksand. It’s just that…dramatic, but not true. This is because most quicksand is only a few inches deep. If someone does die in quicksand it usually occurs in tidal basins. The person gets stuck, then drowns when the tide comes in.
5. You can fit all of the planets in the Milky way between the Earth and Moon with a little space left over.
Mind. Blown. If you don’t believe me, there’s a nifty graphic in this article that shows how they all fit
6. Lobsters don’t die of old age
There is some disagreement on this fact and it kind of all boils down to semantics. The explanation is long and very scientifically technical. So, I’ll let this article explain it.
7. There was a time when there was no bacteria that would decompose a tree.
The trees that existed 300 million years ago do not resemble the trees we have on Earth now. These trees could grow extremely tall, but they had very shallow root systems, so fell over very easily. At the time, no microbes existed that could decompose these trees, so as they fell, they stacked up upon each other, eventually creating what one could consider a blessing or a curse….coal.
8. Pineapples take two years to grow
Remember this the next time you buy a lovely pineapple and then let it go to waste. If planted from a sucker, a pineapple will take about 18 months to bloom, but if you plant the top of the pineapple, it will take 2 to 2 ½ years to produce a bloom.
9. About a million people die every year from mosquito bites.
That adds up to 2,700 per day, or 100 every hour. How? Malaria is the cause of most deaths. Mosquitos carry the virus that causes Malaria. When they “bite” a human, the virus is transferred to the human who then contracts the disease. A child dies every 30 seconds from Malaria. Let that sink in a moment……
10. Pluto hasn’t made a full orbit around the sun since it was discovered in 1930
“Whaaaaat?” you might be saying. Yes! It’s true! Pluto was discovered on February 18, 1930. It hasn’t made a full orbit of the sun since that time because of its incredibly slow orbit. In fact, it takes Pluto 248.09 years to make one orbit around the sun. This means that Pluto will make its first full orbit since 1930 on March 23, 2178.