A variety of science facts

We did not write the below science facts , but have collected them from various sources over the years. Let’s see.

  • An inch (2.5 centimeters) of rain water is equivalent to 15 inches (38.1 centimeters) of dry, powdery snow.
  • Tremendous erosion at the base of Niagara Falls (USA) undermines the shale cliffs and as a result the falls have receded approximately 7 miles over the last 10,000 years.
  • 40 to 50 percent of body heat can be lost through the head (no hat) as a result of its extensive circulatory network.
  • A large swarm of desert locusts (Schistocerca gregaria) can consume 20,000 tons (18,160,000 kilograms) of vegetation a day.
  • The largest telescope in the world is currently being constructed in northern Chile. The telescope will utilize four – 26 ft. 8 in. (8.13 meters) mirrors which will gather as much light as a single 52 ft. 6 in. (16 meters) mirror.
  • The Hubble Space Telescope weighs 12 tons (10,896 kilograms), is 43 feet (13.1 meters) long, and cost $2.1 billion to originally build.
  • The longest living cells in the body are brain cells which can live an entire lifetime.
  • The largest flying animal was the pterosaur which lived 70 million years ago.
  • This reptile had a wing span of 36-39 feet (11-11.9 meters) and weighed 190-250 pounds (86-113.5 kilograms).
  • The Atlantic Giant Squid’s eye can be as large as 15.75 inches (40 centimeters) wide.
  • Armadillos, opossums, and sloth’s spend about 80% of their lives sleeping. The starfish species, Porcellanaster ivanovi, has been found to live in water as deep as 24,881 feet (7,584 meters).

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