Earth is unique in the solar system for the known capacity to support life. It is only within the past 100 years that we have been able to see what the earth looked like as a planet, revealing our Blue Marble covered by oceans and clouds. Fragile, beautiful and Home to thousands of species of plants, animals and some 7.6 billion humans.
Within Panoramic Earth you will find a growing collection of 360° panoramas showing various parts of the world, from the cities to countryside, mountain tops to caves, rivers to oceans and jungle to desert. These images, provided by both amateur and professional photographers, provide a virtual tour of many popular travel destinations and beautiful places. We will talk about some of these places below, but first let us take a brief look at the earth itself.
The Earth is increasingly being recognized as an unusual planet for many reasons. It is the 5th largest planet in the Solar System, about 12710km (7898 miles) across, bulging slightly at the equator. The Earth is the third from the sun, which it orbits every 365.25 days at a distance that fluctuates between 152,000,000 and 147,100,000 km. The planet rotates every 24 hours as it travels 107,218 km/h (66,622 mph) through space. One of the most remarkable things about the Earth is that it can support organic, carbon based life contributed to by the fact that:
These are just some of the facts about the Earth that make the planet just right to support us, as well as creating the wonderful places for us to explore. For more information see the Wikipedia Earth page. An excellent overview of the highest, widest, deepest, largest, smallest and other-est in relation to the mountains, oceans, countries, cities and much more can be found on The List
For now, though, the Earth continues to be a very fortunate place. Humans now occupy virtually every corner of the globe and, for our own convenience, have divided the land masses up into countries of various sizes. The countries featured on Panoramic Earth are:
ASIA | Brunei | Cambodia | China | Cyprus | India | Indonesia | Iran | Japan | Jordan | Malaysia | Nepal | Pakistan | Philippines | Saudi Arabia | Singapore | South Korea | Taiwan | Thailand | United Arab Emirates | Vietnam
EUROPE | Austria | Belarus | Belgium | Bosnia and Herzegovina | Bulgaria | Channel Islands | Croatia | Czech Republic | Denmark | England | Finland | France | Germany | Greece | Hungary | Ireland | Italy | Latvia | Liechtenstein | Lithuania | Moldova | Monaco | Netherlands | Northern Ireland | Norway | Poland | Portugal | Romania | Russia | San Marino | Scotland | sefsef | Serbia | Slovakia | Slovenia | Spain | Sweden | Switzerland | Turkey | Ukraine | United Kingdom | Wales