There are some things you’ve been hearing people say for so long, you might have just accepted it as scientific truth at this point. However, here are a few things that have been disproven over the years.
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7. Europa Has More Water Than Earth
There’s a lot to see in space. It’s said that the universe is constantly expanding, and with who knows how many planets there are light years away, one of the biggest mysteries is wondering whether or not life beyond earth exists. A big part of determining if life could, did, or does exist on another surface is the presence of water. And while you might have heard there have been traces of water or evidence of water having existed on the surface or atmosphere of another planet, most people probably don’t know that Jupiter’s moon, Europa, has been said to have more water than Earth does. About 390 million miles from our planet, the moon Europa is said to have 2 to 3 times more volume of water than Earth.
6. The Great Wall of China Seen From Space
One of the big bragging points the Great Wall of China has been said to have is that it is the only man-made structure that can be seen from outer space–namely, from the moon. This, however, has been proven false. Sure you can see the Great Wall of China from space, but you can see lots of other man-made structures, too. Humans love to constantly one up each other all the time, after all. And apparently the moon is just too far to see the Great Wall of China, no matter how much of an architectural marvel it is.
5. Taller Than Mount Everest
Mount Everest is still one of the tallest mountains in the world and is incredibly dangerous to try to get to the top of. However, just know that it’s not exactly the tallest mountain in the world. Technically speaking, if we took different measuring methods into account, then Mauna Kea in Hawaii is much taller. Mount Everest stands at an elevation of 29,035 feet above sea level. Mauna Kea has about 13,796 feet of it above sea level. But if you measured it from the bottom of the ocean floor, it comes out to 32,000 feet. There’s also Chimborazo, located along the equator, which makes its peak the furthest you can be from the earth’s core while standing on its crust.
4. The 5 Oceans
That’s right. The Atlantic, Pacific, Indian, and Arctic Ocean aren’t the only sections of that huge body of water that takes up over 70% of the Earth’s surface. There’s 1 more ocean out there that most people neglect (or didn’t know existed) and that’s the Southern Ocean, also known as the Antarctic Ocean or the Austral Ocean. By the name, you’ve all guessed that it’s located around Antarctica. The southern ocean measures at an area of 7.848 million miles squared, which is much smaller than the Atlantic Ocean, Indian Ocean, and Pacific Ocean, though it’s still bigger than the Arctic Ocean.
3. Diamond Isn’t The Hardest Substance
At least not anymore. Diamond was once the hardest substance in the world, as you probably heard. However, recently, it’s been discovered that a substance known as ultrahard nanotwinned cubic boron nitride is actually harder. And it’s something that scientists invented. Thanks to humanity’s tendency to push the limits of science as we know it, ultrahard nanotwinned cubic boron nitride was created. But diamonds aren’t super popular just because of their strength. You probably won’t see ultrahard nanotwinned cubic boron nitride in everyone’s jewelry this fashion season.
2. Dinosaurs Had Feathers
Would you be more less scared of mighty dinosaurs if you found out they were probably covered in feathers? Unlike what’s been suggested, not all dinosaurs perished when that supposed asteroid hitting earth wiped out these mighty beasts. It’s been found that small dinosaurs known as theropods survived that whole ordeal, and are an ancestor of birds. So it isn’t that strange to know that when a tufted dinosaur fossil was found in Siberia, it because even more apparent that lots of dinosaurs probably donned feathers. That also might mean we need to change the way we popularly think of dinosaurs and the way we watched Jurassic Park.
The debate has gotten confusing the past couple years. Pluto’s discovery dates to the year 1930 and pretty much since then, it’s been considered a planet. And if you’re of a certain age, you’ve been taught in school that Pluto, no matter how small or far away, is a planet. At a radius of 737.6 miles coupled with the fact it orbits the sun, it seems Pluto just didn’t have what it takes to be considered a planet again. No matter how many people outcried that they felt differently. Even if it’s now considered a dwarf planet, in 2016, the New Horizons spacecraft became the first to fly by Pluto, observing that its north pole consists of molecules that could contain ingredients for the emergence of life. So it may not technically be a planet anymore, but that doesn’t mean Pluto isn’t still as cool.