Imagine all the things that have happened on Earth since you were born. If you are young, perhaps not very much, geologically-speaking. But if you’re an octogenarian, it shouldn’t surprise you that whole continents have moved!
You can find all this out at BBC’s site: Your life on Earth. In fact, the name is a bit misleading. You actually learn about the changes on Earth during your lifetime rather than your specific life. After inputing my data, I learned that since I was born, the East Pacific Rise has travelled 7.8m, and Earth’s human population has grown by over 4 billion! Yikes! I’m not that old (or so I thought!)
The statistics provided on the site are interesting in and of themselves, in fact some are downright quirky. But where I found this site useful was for my Grade 7s, as an introduction to our World Studies course – and they were amazed. It got them thinking about the world around them and is helping them to develop some all-important perspective. I had them write blog posts describing what caught their interest and how it made them feel. Very helpful, very interesting, especially when they began sharing the site with their parents!
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