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The third planet out from Sol, our sun.  Our homeworld; home planet.  Gaia.  Our mother.


Gaia formed around 4½ billion years ago.  It's a living planet and gave birth to Homo sapiens, human beings, and every lifeform prior and cousin to it for the 3½ billion years of its biospheric living ecosystem.  We get our required oxygen, water and all of our main food supplies and materials from it.  It provides the silicon (etc.) in our computer chips and the potatoes (etc.) in our potato chips.  Gaia is now home to perhaps 10-30 million different species of lifeforms even though over 99.9% of all that have ever existed are now extinct.  Just like you are an ecosystem for microscopic lifeforms.


There are other intelligent Gaian species.  Especially other higher apes and dolphins both of which can use a   symbol controlled computer to communicate with humans.


Gaia ranges from 3km deep in its oceans (with deep-sea trenches reaching down to 11km) to 9km high in its mountains.  It's 12ūMm (12,750km) in diameter at its equator and is roughly spherical.  It takes about 86ks (24-hours) to rotate on its axis and 365¼days to orbit Sol.


We have one moon, unimaginatively named The Moon.


To date the most we've lived away from it, in orbiting space stations, is for a few hundred days at a time.  This'll eventually change as we start space migration but for now we've yet even to set foot on our closest alien planet, Mars.  We've only recently detected that it still has water flows and so possibly also lifeforms.[62]  This shows how little we know about outer space when we're only now discovering the basics about our closest neighbor.


Complex molecules can have mirror opposites.  These so-called chiral molecules could exist in alien food chain molecules.  Alien worlds could have an entire planetary ecosystem the mirror opposite of ours yet looking exactly the same.  Just like in the E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial (1982) movie we'd be unable to extract nutrition from these foods.


The ocean has been very uninhabitable since the amphibian we left it as mutated into a land dwelling creature.  We know we can't survive long in it anymore without a boat yet it holds such distance, such freedom.  It's a humbling and exceedingly fun experience to wade knee deep in a warm ocean and let the water caress your thighs, washing your troubles away, as your feet slowly sink into the sand.


Our nature, our planet, has its rarities like the Northern Lights, Niagara Falls and the Grand Canyon.  It's overflowing with awesome beauty like morphing chameleons, sloths, snakes, birds of prey, lions, elephants, whales, dolphins, chimpanzees, giraffes and platypi.


Animal threats fall into three categories.  Predators, parasites and the easier to avoid defenders.  Predators are animals which consider people a food source, eating the entire body, like crocs and gators, big cats and sharks.  Parasites are animals which although seeing people as food only eat a bit, like mosquitos, leeches and ticks.  Other animals pose a threat only if they or their pack feel threatened by people, like snakes, scorpions and bears.


Global warming is a major environmental issue for Gaia.  It is caused by greenhouse gases, mainly carbon dioxide, building up and creating a greenhouse effect.  This is where solar rays enter Gaia's atmosphere and are trapped so further heat up the atmosphere, as in a greenhouse.  NASA has stated that 2016 and 2017 were the top hottest years since measurement became possible in 1880.  Global warming melts the polar ice caps causing global sea levels to rise.  This threatens many megopoli with flooding, including New York, London and Amsterdam.  The rise in temperature throws the planetary ecosystem out of whack threatening plants and animals.


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