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Humans and elephants alone share the facial trait of chins (non-archaic).
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We like to talk about the environment here at Environmental Watch (duh), and while we also like to think we’re pretty in tune with what’s going on with good ol’ Mother Earth, the truth is, there are a lot of things we learn every day.

We also like to pass information on, particularly the interesting bits. So, when we found out these 7 amazing facts about the environment, we thought we’d do just that. We bet you didn’t know that…

… the amount of water on Earth is constant, meaning that, like energy, it is constantly being used, filtered, and recycled.

… nearly half of bottled water sold (40%) comes straight out of the tap. So much for that “mountain spring,” eh?

… we cut down about 27,000 trees every single day so that we can make toilet paper. That’s a lot of trees.

… humans and elephants share one facial trait that no other animals have: chins.

… bats aren’t blind. There are over 12,000 species of bats, and they can all see, thank you very much.

… dolphins are shiny for a reason… they shed their top layer of skin every two hours or so. They are also conscious breathers, which makes anesthesia a big no-no.

… most diamonds are at least 3 billion years old. Under extremely high pressure, they can also be made from peanut butter.

So, how did you fare? Did you know any of those 7 amazing facts? You can find those and (literally) thousands more in John Lloyd’, John Mitchinson’s, and James Harkin’s book, 1,227 Quite Interesting Facts to Blow Your Socks Off.