Visit Planet Earth!

Third Rock From The Sun!

By Lauren Ely


Hello! Are you planning a trip to planet Earth? Would you like to know a little about this spectacular sphere before you visit it? Well, let me be your tour guide. The planet Earth is round like all planets. Earth is made up of mostly water. Sadly, we Earthlings can't drink that water because most of the Earth's water is salt water. The Earth is considered a rocky planet and a long time ago, billions of years ago, the Earth was made of molten rock.

How do we divide the Earth?

Now, Extra Terrestrial visitors, you may be wondering what the masses of land you see are. They are called continents. It is one way we Earthlings divide the Earth into regions. The 7 continents are North America, South America, Europe, Asia, Africa, Australia, and Antarctica. Some things you might want to know are that there are lines of longitude and latitude. These lines can only be seen on a map and are not real. The equator goes across the Earth and is a line of latitude and the Prime Meridian goes up and down is a line of longitude. The lines of longitude and latitude are used to find the absolute location of places on Earth. The closer to the Equator you get the warmer the weather will be. The closer to the poles, or the top of the Earth, you get the colder it will be. These are considered the climate zones. Another zone of the Earth is a time zone. As you travel, the times change and you may need to change your watch after you get off your flight.

Some landforms of the Earth are...

Number One

Victoria Falls

Victoria Falls is a large waterfall located in Africa. Specifically, in East Central Africa, on the border of Zambia and Zimbawe. The waterfall is over a mile in width and is 3,212 feet from bottom to top! That's big! The weather is usually warm.

Interesting Facts:

  • Because of the spray coming off the waterfall, Victoria Rain forest is the only place that rains all the time!
  • At night you can see moonbows or Lunar Rainbows. It looks just like a rainbow, but at night!


Devil's Pool

Devil's Pool is a small waterfall near Victoria Falls. When the water is low you can walk along rocky terrain and get to Devil's Pool. When you get there, (ONLY WHEN THE WATER LEVEL IS LOW!!!) you can jump off the edge of a rock and be swept to the lip of the waterfall. The lip will catch you and you can stand on the edge of the waterfall and look down.

Number Two

Salar De Uyuni

Salar De Uyuni is the largest salt flats at 4,086 square feet. Salar De Uyuni has a dry and wet season. During the dry season the salt flat is shaped into hexagonal shapes. During the wet season the salt flat is reflective. It is as if a giant mirror has been placed there. The salt flat was formed when a salt lake dried up and left behind the salt. There is an Aymran legend that tells that the mountains standing outside the salt flat were giant people. Tunupa mountain and Kusku mountain were married. Then when Kusku left Tunupa for the mountain Kusina, Tunupa cried the lake and then it dried up to form the salt flat.

Fun Facts:

  • 3 Types of flamingos come to breed during the wet season.
  • At some times the salt can be 10 meters thick.
  • There are about 10 billion tons of salt in Salar De Uyuni

Opportunities, Challenges, Travel Tips and Packing list for Salar De Uyuni

Some opportunities at the Flats are fishing. There is a lot of fish and sea life there. There is a bunch of Lithium underneath the salt. Lithium is in most batteries. The salt flat keeps satellites straight.

Some challenges of the Flats are it can be cold at night. It can be hard to travel sometimes. There is salt water during wet season, and you cannot drink it!

The best time to visit is between March and April for the reflective surfaces and December to March for the dry season. AND....don't forget spare money! There will be no ATM's on your visit.

Packing list

Water, it is a desert!

Warm clothes, it gets cold at night.

Spare Money, there are no ATM's.

Another Place to Visit

Laguna Verde

An aqua hued lake at the bottom of a volcano called Licancabur. It gets its hue from copper sediments and tiny animals living in the lake.

Number Three

The Great Barrier Reef

The Great Barrier Reef is located in Australia. It is the largest reef in the world and can even be seen from outer space!

Did You Know....?

  • About 3 million(!) people visit the Great Barrier Reef every year!?
  • Just from tourism local industries make approximately 5-6 BILLION dollars a year!
  • The Great Barrier Reef is about 20 million years old!

Opportunities and Challenges

Some opportunities of the Great Barrier Reef are fishing, medicine, tourism and jobs. The Reef provides fishing and medicine from the coral. Lots of people want to see the Great Barrier Reef and will pay lots of money to see it. The Reef provides jobs like Reef Education Coordinator, and Visitor Service Officer. To find out more about this area, visit

A few challenges of the Great Barrier Reef are when the coral dies, the shores go unprotected. The Reef protects the shores from waves and storms, like a natural fence. People lose money if the coral dies. Tourism is the main source of income.

Travel Tips and Packing list

Some travel tips are to be sure and go Scuba Diving! You can also take day trips to several islands nearby. Visit April-May as there is no rain and it's warm.

Packing List

Swimsuit for swimming in the ocean

Camera to take pictures of the reef

Other places to visit

Hill Inlet

Beautiful! It is best viewed from Tongue Point. The best time to go is when the tide is low so that you can see all the beautiful colors!

Just One More..... A beautiful place to visit

Playa Del Armour, or Hidden Beach. The fabulous beach is on Marieta Island in Mexico. The only way to get to this hidden treasure is by swimming through a tiny tunnel or by a helicopter.

Thank you!

Thank you so much to Google and The Huffington Post. They were my most helpful resources.