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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!

At least 75 per cent of all the freshwater…

At least 75 per cent of all the freshwater on Earth is deep frozen inside glaciers. That amount of water would equal non-stop rain all over the Earth for as much as 60 years.

Ice made of salt water does not contain any…

Ice made of salt water does not contain any salt. That is the biggest relief for people like the Eskimos, who live in icy regions and are surrounded by ice all year long. All they have to do is melt the ice -- and...

Not all rivers end up in an ocean. The rivers…

Not all rivers end up in an ocean. The rivers flowing south from the Tassili Mountains in north Africa, slow down to a trickle and disappear into the dry Sahara sands.

Sound can travel through water at 1,507 m…

Sound can travel through water at 1,507 m (4,945 ft) a second. That is about three times faster than sound travelling through air - 331 m (1,087 ft) a second.

The Earth formed some 4,600 million years…

The Earth formed some 4,600 million years ago. Soon afterwards, the early oceans began to fill with water. Water vapour gas rose from volcanoes and hot rocks on the new Earth's surface. As it cooled, it formed storm clouds and soon the first rain...

Out of all the fish caught in the world…

Out of all the fish caught in the world, about three quaters are eaten as food. The other quarter is used to make such things as glue, soap, margarine, pet food and fertiliser.

A Polynesian legend tells how the world was…

A Polynesian legend tells how the world was created in a gaint clam. At first, there was only a sea and a goddess, Old Spider. She picked up a gaint clam and looked inside it. There she found two snails and a worm. She...

Seashell can be found in rocks high up on…

Seashell can be found in rocks high up on some mountains, such as the Apennines in Italy. The rocks were once at the bottom of the sea. They were pushed upwards over millions of years, as the crust of the Earth crumpled.

The great auk is one of the many sea animals…

The great auk is one of the many sea animals that have become extinct. It used to live in the North Atlantic Ocean. It could not fly and was easy to catch. It was hunted for its fat, meat and feathers. People were also...

The Moon takes just over 27 days to travel…

The Moon takes just over 27 days to travel round the Earth. It always keeps the same half facing the Earth. The far side of the Moon had never been seen until the USSR spacecraft Luna 3 took the first photographs of it in...

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