6 Scientific Things in 60 Seconds – Number 2: Thinking Big!


6 Scientific Things in 60 Seconds

Number Two: Thinking Big!

6 facts some you may know some you may not know. Either way they’re all supposed to be read and understood in 60 seconds. This week we’re talking about the big things in life! Ready with the stopwatches? Now go:

  1. The world’s largest volcano is actually 2km under the sea. East of japan Tamu Massif is approximately 119 thousand square metres and is comparable in size to the Olympus Mons Volcano. Olympus Mons is on Mars and is the largest in the solar system. Source: Sci-News.com http://www.sci-news.com/othersciences/geophysics/science-tamu-massif-largest-volcano-pacific-01366.html
  2. The largest shark ever known was the megalodon but it’s now extinct. It lived approximately 15.9 to 2.6 million years ago and biologists say it looked like a stockier, larger version of the great white shark. Source Catalina Pimiento http://journals.plos.org/plosone/article?id=10.1371/journal.pone.0111086
  3. Earths largest flower comes from the Rafflesia arnoldii. Also known as the corpse flower due to its scent the flower grows in south east Asia. Source: Kew Gardens http://www.kew.org/science-conservation/plants-fungi/rafflesia-arnoldii-corpse-flower
  4. At 23 months elephants take the prize for the longest gestational period of any land mammal. Elephant babies are also some of the biggest babies weighing in at around 105 kilograms. Source: live science http://www.livescience.com/20763-procreation-station-species-craziest-pregnancy.html
  5. With a wingspan of almost a foot the largest known living butterfly is the Queen Alexandra Birdwing. The rare butterfly is only found in the rainforests of New Guinea. Source Live Science http://www.livescience.com/32843-worlds-biggest-butterfly-queen-alexandra-birdwing.html
  6. The largest living organism on earth is actually a fungus. It lives in Oregon across the Blue Mountains and stretches for 2.4 miles. Source: BBC Earth Story http://www.bbc.com/earth/story/20141114-the-biggest-organism-in-the-world



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