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Could Our Amazing World Be Unique?

That is a bold statement considering there are an estimated two trillion galaxies in the known Universe.

By Unravelling the UniversePublished 7 months ago 3 min read
Could Our Amazing World Be Unique?
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Some of those galaxies will hold millions of stars, and others will hold billions.

The number of planets in all of those galaxies is beyond our comprehension.

Sometimes, we take our home planet for granted. This chunk of rock orbiting the sun is so special to us and the millions of other species who share our world, and as far as we know, there is no other place remotely like it.

Our beautiful world, the Earth, is the third-closest planet to the Sun, orbiting at a distance of 149.6 million kilometres.

There are countless reasons why life as we know it can live and thrive on our magical planet, but one of the main reasons is that the Earth orbits the Sun at the perfect distance.

That area in space is called the Goldilocks zone or habitable zone, which ensures that it is neither too hot nor too cold. Liquid water exists in the habitable zone, which is the main requirement for all life on Earth.

If we were much closer to the sun, our oceans and lakes would boil dry, and if our planet were too far from the sun, all the water on Earth would be frozen solid.

Sometime in the distant future, the conditions on Earth will change and all life will end, but that will be a natural process. The sun is slowly getting warmer; maybe in a billion years, it will be so hot on the Earth's surface that all life will be extinct.

But in the meantime, I hope that mankind will treat our only home with respect for the sake of ourselves and all other living things that share our world.

The Earth is roughly 4.5 billion years old, just a little younger than the Sun. Gravity has pulled most of the heavier elements, like iron and nickel, down into its core, with the lighter elements staying at the surface and forming the crust.

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Due to the Earth's massive molten iron core and its rotation, a magnetic field was created around our planet, and that magnetic field has protected the Earth ever since. It deflects most of the solar wind, as those charged particles would otherwise strip away the protective ozone layer, which protects life from ultraviolet radiation.

It took a long time for the molten earth to cool down from its violent birth, but as it cooled, the new conditions allowed the first rain to fall from the sky, which began forming the oceans and lakes.

It is thought that our planet contained water when it formed, and later on, incoming asteroids and comets also contributed to the water we see on Earth today. Around 3.5 to 4 billion years ago, some elements came together in the oceans and formed the key substances that would eventually create life on our planet.

You are a very advanced life form, but why are you here? Evolution is thought to be the reason.

Evolutionary biologists agree that humans and other living species are descended from simple bacteria-like ancestors. Bacteria can be traced back at least 3.5 billion years. Over countless generations, small modifications have taken place, and the small changes that are more favourable to life are more likely to be passed on to the next generation. This has been playing out since the first life appeared; that process is called natural selection.

Everyone has their thoughts as to why we exist; personally, for me, evolution is the only plausible reason.

One thing that evolution does need is plenty of time, as it is a very slow process. A human lifespan is not long enough for us to notice the tiny changes taking place in populations.

Life is amazing, but it must be said that it is not yet fully understood why life emerged here on planet Earth.

Fossil stromatolites have been found in western Australia dating back 3.5 billion years; their columns were constructed by Cyanobacteria, a single-cell photosynthesising microbe.

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Our early ancestors existed in Africa six million years ago, and modern humans named Homo sapiens have been around for over two hundred thousand years. Civilisation as we know it has existed for six thousand years.

Some animals have evolved to be stronger, larger, and faster than we are; some can fly; and many live out their lives in water. But what sets us apart is that we have developed the most advanced brain, which has given us intelligence, curiosity, and the ability to carry out the science that is providing us with a better understanding of the universe and life itself.

Maybe someday we will prove that life exists somewhere else in that gargantuan area we call the universe.

The end.

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Comments (2)

  • Susan Fourtané6 months ago

    Life on planet Earth is, indeed, on its way to extinction. Man has a lot to do with this. But yes, there are also natural elements contributing to the planet becoming inhabitable, to some extent. This is a slow process and it won't happen in our life time (perhaps). However, life on a Earth will cease to exist at some point in the distant future. That's exactly why those who know better and know more are working hard to create living conditions on other spheres such a the Moon and Mars.

  • Phil Flannery7 months ago

    Loved your article, and yes we should treat as if it is unique. It may be a little late, but it is time we treated our home like it was our home. As humans we are all related through chemistry if not birth and as the supposed intelligent species it is our responsibility to look after those we have put at risk by our arrogance and greed, animals and plant life. My great wish is that these billionaires leave on the rocket ships and take the arrogance with them, let those that are left to try and repair the damage. Or maybe if we all leave, the earth will fix itself. Sorry if this bummed you out, I get a little cross about these things. Everyone should read you story.

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