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Amazing facts for kids about our planet and how we live our lives -- facts that are stranger than fiction! Prepare to be amazed, because truth can be stranger than fact, sometimes!

The soft sand that we sink into on the beach…

The soft sand that we sink into on the beach, is actually rock. Sand is what a rock becomes after years of being worn down by rivers. Years of sea waves crashing against huge rocks and cliffs makes rocks break into small particles. And...

The largest active volcano on Earth is Mauna…

The largest active volcano on Earth is Mauna Loa, in Hawaii. It is 4,168m (13,677ft) high, and one eruption lasted for one-and-a-half years.

The Sun gives off huge amounts of deadly…

The Sun gives off huge amounts of deadly radiation, but we are protected from the worst blasts by a magnetic cage called the magnetosphere that surrounds the Earth. Inside this cage, two doughnut-shaped bells trap the electic particles. These are called the Van Allen...

Without the weather to spread the Sun’s…

Without the weather to spread the Sun's heat around the world, the Tropics would get hotter and hotter and the Poles colder and colder. Nothing would be able to live on the Earth.

There are no penguins in the Arctic. Penguins…

There are no penguins in the Arctic. Penguins are only found south of the equator. The two species of penguins living in Antarctica are well suited to the cold. Their feathers form windproof, waterproof coats which are so warm that sometimes the penguins can...

Water currents affect the Earth’s climate…

Water currents affect the Earth's climate by driving warm water from the Equator and cold water from the Poles around the Earth. The warm Gulf Stream brings winter to Bergen, Norway. It helps maintain the temperature of Norway at an incredible 24°C (43°F) in...

Minerals are graded according to their hardness…

Minerals are graded according to their hardness, on a scale from 1 to 10. Talc, used as talcum powder, is the softest mineral, rated 1; quartz rates 7. Diamond is rated 10 - the hardest mineral on Earth. Only a diamond can be used...

The Trans-Alaskan oil pipelines stretches…

The Trans-Alaskan oil pipelines stretches 1,300 km (800 miles) from the Arctic Ocean to southern Alaska. The oil is heated to at least 45°C (130°F), to stop it freezing in the pipe.

The first animals tamed and kept for milk…

The first animals tamed and kept for milk and meat were goats and sheep. Bones of these animals have been found with human remains in Iraq and Iran dating back to 8,500 BC.

The world’s first postage stamp was the…

The world's first postage stamp was the penny Black, issued in Britain in May, 1840. A one-cent British Guiana (Guyana) stamp of 1856, of which there is only one example, is thought to be worth £500,000.

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