Earth, the third planet from the sun, has been around for an astonishing 4.54 billion years. As far as we know, it is the only living planet in the Universe. This infographic shares some interesting facts about our astonishing planet.
Earth is a remarkable place that teams with life of every form, much of it still undiscovered. Of the more than 700,000 species estimated to be found in the oceans, only 242,000 of them have actually been discovered. That’s partly because much of the ocean is a deep, dark place that never sees the sun. Every year we add around 2,000 new species to the known life on earth.
Around 99% of the species that have ever lived on Earth are now extinct and that includes a large number of our own Hominid ancestors. The mighty dinosaurs and the massive mammals that followed all suffered an untimely end as conditions on earth changed.
Never has life on Earth been as compromised as it is now. According to Science Mag, more than 500 species of land-dwelling vertebrates have disappeared over the last 100 years and a further 500 could be lost in the next twenty. Humans have caused this modern extinction and only humans can save the exquisite biodiversity on earth.