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Condensed History of Our Spherical Home

He created the heavens and earth in truth. He wraps the night over the day and wraps the day over the night and has subjected the sun and the moon, each running [its course] for a specified term. Unquestionably, He is the Exalted in Might, the Perpetual Forgiver. (Surat Az-Zumar 39:5).

Have you ever wondered about the history of this planet which hosts all our lives? 

Earth aka Gaia or Terra is the third planet from the Sun, the densest planet in the Solar System, the largest of the Solar System’s four terrestrial planets, and the only astronomical object known to harbor life.

According to radiometric dating and other sources of evidence, Earth formed about 4.54 billion years ago. Earth gravitationally interacts with other objects in space, especially the Sun and the Moon.

Check this infographic to see how it looks if the history of life on Earth was 24 hours:

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Planet Earth

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The geological time scale (GTS) is a system of chronological measurement that relates stratigraphy to time.

Geologists, paleontologists, and other Earth scientists use this scale to describe the timing and relationships between events that have occurred throughout Earth’s history.

The geological history of Earth follows the major events in Earth’s past based on the geologic time scale. The GTS is a system of chronological measurement based on the study of the planet’s rock layers (stratigraphy).

This article is from our archive, originally published on an earlier date, and now republished for its importance.