• Question: What do you think is the most fascinating thing about our planet?

    Asked by georgiafielding to Amy, Drew, Julia, Kimberley, Sara on 23 Jun 2011. This question was also asked by corak954.
    • Photo: Amy MacQueen

      Amy MacQueen answered on 20 Jun 2011:

      Hi georgia!

      That it exists with so much diversity when the likelihood of that happening is so mindbogglingly near impossible its ridiculous!! 🙂

    • Photo: Drew Rae

      Drew Rae answered on 20 Jun 2011:

      Hi Georgia. I think for me it would be the moon. Our moon is really weird – planets our size shouldn’t have one, and if we didn’t have one, maybe life wouldn’t have developed.

    • Photo: Julia Griffen

      Julia Griffen answered on 20 Jun 2011:

      That it is populated and inhabited by many different species! I think that amazing… no other planet so far is quite like that!

    • Photo: Sara Imari Walker

      Sara Imari Walker answered on 23 Jun 2011:

      Hi Georgia and Cora!! Great question! This ones easy! LIFE!!!! Earth is super special because it has life on it. In no other place in the universe do we know for sure that that has happened.

      But, if we are talking about the planet itself – I would say the Moon, and plate tectonics. Both of those things are pretty unique in our solar system. Drew mentioned that it is weird we have a moon at all. It really is! There are some other IAS questions in our zone about the moon – check them out. Also, the Earth is the only planetary body we know has tectonics. Tectonics may be crucial for life, all that recycling of the Earth’s crust also cycles essential elements through the mantle and up to the surface that are essential for biology. Many believe life would not exist here without tectonics!!

      Earth is a pretty special place =)