Talk:Earth

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Q. Why doesn't the article say anything about the apparent uniqueness of life on this planet?
A. At one time the lead said, "Home to millions of species, including humans, Earth is the only place in the Universe where life is known to exist." There were similar assertions in the article body. However, the wording proved too contentious and a stable compromise couldn't be achieved. Instead, it was decided to remove all mention of this point and leave the discussion of life elsewhere to the extraterrestrial life article.[1]
Q. Why doesn't this article give equal weight to young Earth creationism or similar cultural points of view?
A. This article focuses on the scientific consensus about the Earth. Per WP:PSCI, fringe theories about the Earth need not be given equal weight. Such views normally have their own well-developed articles where there is more weight given to presenting the specific philosophies.
Q. Why is the Blue Marble image used in the infobox?
A. There are multiple reasons. The image is iconic, famous and is one of the few true photographic images of Earth. It has also been a featured image since November 2004. Other images may present more detail of the land masses, but they are generally composite or processed images.
Featured article Earth is a featured article; it (or a previous version of it) has been identified as one of the best articles produced by the Wikipedia community. Even so, if you can update or improve it, please do so.
Featured topic star Earth is part of the Solar System series, a featured topic. This is identified as among the best series of articles produced by the Wikipedia community. If you can update or improve it, please do so.
Main Page trophy This article appeared on Wikipedia's Main Page as Today's featured article on April 22, 2010.
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All these citations check out, although most of the links listed here lead nowhere (the "Added archive" link being one that does lead to a useful page). Dhtwiki (talk) 00:33, 19 December 2016 (UTC)

Earth Photo removal[edit]

The Sun setting over the Mojave desert, California, through multi layers of smoke from wildfires in the summer of 2016.

Hello, I didn't put that photo in the Earth article because "it was a nice photo". I put it opposite text about wildfires, which is what that photo illustrates. I won't get into an edit war of course, however, I wish you would reconsider your removal of a very relevant photo to that section. P.S. The statement that "there are too many photos in the article, is 'untrue'. This article is 'barren' compared to most. The justification for that particular photo in that spot, shows us that a natural disaster can be as beautiful as it is devastating to the environment. Thanks- Pocketthis (talk) 19:31, 22 December 2016 (UTC)

@Pocketthis: The section is short and already has a relevant image in it. We don't need to illustrate every disaster possibility. I stand by my decision to remove the image. (And nearly every section in this long article has at least one image. I would hardly characterize it as "barren" compared to others.) — Gorthian (talk) 23:58, 22 December 2016 (UTC)
  • Overall, compared to other major articles, "Earth" is more text, and less illustration than most. The photo that is there now, shows only volcanic activity. I believe the photo I placed there adds to the article's quality and diversity. That is for all of you to decide. Thanks for bringing the subject here. It's what I would have done before removing a potentially relevant addition to an article. Thanks - Pocketthis (talk) 00:50, 23 December 2016 (UTC)
It's a matter of shoehorning an image into an already crowded area. Further, it shows haze from a wildfire, not a wildfire itself, which would be more appropriate. Believe me, we always appreciate folks donating their images, but an uploaded image does not need to be included in all the places. Huntster (t @ c) 05:34, 23 December 2016 (UTC)
  • Appreciate your opinion. I have plenty of actual wildfire shots that I could have uploaded, however, here, I wanted to show the "beauty and the beast" aspect of a natural disaster. Thanks. If I don't get some help here soon, I'll pack up and move on. Pocketthis (talk) 17:56, 23 December 2016 (UTC)
  • Amazing how incredibly large this article is, and how few editors care to comment. This is your encyclopedia editors. Make it great, or simply let those who would make your decisions for you........make them.Pocketthis (talk) 00:53, 24 December 2016 (UTC)
    • Mind you, it has only been a couple of days, and it is the holidays. Huntster (t @ c) 04:45, 24 December 2016 (UTC)
  • I like ice cream. Triple flavor stands a good chance of finding favor with plenty of palates. Still, I agree that there were and are plenty of images for the purposes of this article. Carry on..±. Just plain Bill (talk) 01:05, 24 December 2016 (UTC)
  • Less is more, as they say. It's a beautiful picture, but doesn't add to our understanding of the topic Earth (or wildfires), which is the point of images in an encyclopedia. This article is already very cluttered to point of distraction with all types of boxes, links, images, etc. At this point, it would improve readability to remove some things rather than adding anything new. PermStrump(talk) 22:02, 24 December 2016 (UTC)

Orbit[edit]

I am not an expert on any aspect of earth, therefore, I hope someone with more education reviews this information. This being said, I believe that this line under Rotation must be incorrect: "on average it takes 24 hours—a solar day—for Earth to complete a full rotation about its axis so that the Sun returns to the meridian. The orbital speed of Earth averages about 29.78 km/s (107,200 km/h; 66,600 mph),". The earth is roughly 24,901 miles in circumference at the equator which takes 24 hours to rotate to the same position relative to the sun. 24,901 miles / 24 hours = 1,038 mph, not 66,600 mph. Unless I'm missing something.

Thanks. Scottallen999 (talk) 00:07, 3 January 2017 (UTC)

Hi. I think that's talking about two different things, and that the orbital speed of 66,600 mph is not the rotational speed but is the speed with which the Earth moves in its orbit around the Sun? Boing! said Zebedee (talk) 00:26, 3 January 2017 (UTC)

Finding a place for the world[edit]

We have a separate article for world, which is intended to emphasise the human aspect of things on the Earth, but shouldn't we link to the world article somewhere in this one? I think so, but this would require rewriting the first sentence of the lead. Thoughts on how to proceed? Isambard Kingdom (talk) 23:51, 10 February 2017 (UTC)

I added a disambiguation link at the top of the article. Maybe that is enough to address the issue, but the first sentence still possibly needs adjusting since it mentions "world". Isambard Kingdom (talk) 01:01, 11 February 2017 (UTC)

Technical correction on first paragraph[edit]

On the first paragraph, it is said that Earth is the only planet in the universe to harbor life. Shouldn't it be "the only planet known to harbor life", as we haven't explored the whole universe yet? We are still looking for life in other planets, and Nasa recently found some good candidates. I think it would be interesting to leave the possibility open in this article. DanielRHM (talk) 17:47, 25 February 2017 (UTC)DanielRHM

Already done—"only object in the Universe known to harbor life". —MartinZ (talk) 18:01, 25 February 2017 (UTC)