Earth Fun Facts in Miles:
Circumference at the equator: 24,901.46 miles
Circumference at the poles: 24,855.34 miles
Average diameter of the earth: 7917.52 miles
Average distance to the sun: 93,020,000 miles
Average distance to the moon: 238,857 miles
Forget your hats! Hold onto your brains, folks.
The day draws near for Dr. Kam Yuen’s full moon Mt Shasta Seminar June 6th and 7th (9AM-5PM) at the Mount Shasta Resort. There’s a free lecture demonstration June 4th at 6:30 PM, also at the resort.
The speed at which the earth spins varies upon your latitudinal location on the planet. If you’re standing at the north pole, the speed is almost zero but at the equator, where the circumference of the earth is greatest, the speed is about 1,038 miles per hour (1,670 kph). The mid-latitudes of the U.S. and Europe speed along at 700 to 900 mph (1125 to 1450 kph).
“Lonely as God, and white as a winter moon, Mount Shasta starts up sudden and solitary from the heart of the great black forests of Northern California.” Naturalist John Muir ( 1838-1914)
Aerial view of Mount Shasta from the west
|Elevation||14,179 ft (4,322 m) NAVD 88 |
|Prominence||9,822 ft (2,994 m) Ranked 96th|
|Parent peak||Mount Whitney |
|Topo map||USGS Mount Shasta|
|Volcanic arc/belt||Cascade Volcanic Arc|
|Age of rock||~ 593 kyr|
|First ascent||1854 by E.D. Pearce and party (first recorded ascent)|
|Easiest route||Avalanche Gulch (”John Muir”) route: glacier/snow climba|