Let’s refute several “facts” from your school education: Everest is not the tallest mountain in the world, the Sahara is not the biggest desert, and water is not a current conductor. You don’t believe us? Let’s check these facts together!
10 myths about the Earth that we learned at school and assumed were facts.
Each and every of one of us attended, or is maybe still attending, school. Some people were better students, some not, however, the one thing we all have in common is that our hard working teachers managed to program into our brains copious general facts. Numerous facts which we have unquestioningly considered to be true simply because our “teacher told us”! Nevertheless, when we make the effort to question some of them, we uncover amazing and very interesting new revelations.
We prepared a list of facts and myths about the Earth, which will not only reveal to you the other side of our planet, but also will most definitely surprise you, making you shout: “But I though it wasn’t like that!”.
So, let’s uncover our main delusions about the past and the present.
Myth #1: Qomolangma (Mount Everest) is the tallest mountain peak on Earth.
This is not exactly true. Technically, the highest mountain peak in the world is the Hawaiian volcano Mauna Kea. This volcano rises a total of 10203 meters above its base. But because the largest section of it is located under the water, Mountain Everest is still considered to be the tallest mountain, as its peak is located higher than the peak of Mauna Kea, even though ironically the height of Everest is lower than the height of this dormant volcano from Hawaii.
Myth #2: Sahara is the largest desert on the planet.
Let’s dot the i’s and cross the t’s. The Sahara is the largest “subtropical” desert. It boasts a really impressive size of 8.6 million square kilometers, which takes up 30% of the entire territory of Africa, and covers an area larger than the size of Brazil.
However, the Polar Desert of Antarctica occupies more space than the Sahara does, and in some regions of it there have been no precipitations for more than 2 million years. Thus, Antarctica should actually be considered the largest desert on Earth.
Myth #3: The Great Wall of China is the only man-made object that can be seen from outer space.
That is not true. The Great Wall of China was really indeed an ambitious project, however, it’s pretty narrow (just about 6.5 meters in width), and thus it can’t actually be clearly seen from space. Occasionally one can distinguish some kind of silhouette of it, and even then, only in perfect conditions.
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