Google Celebrates Earth Day 2019 with Doodle of Endangered Species
It is Earth Day 2019 and Google has decided to celebrate the event with a fun and educational Doodle. The Doodle, that as usual is the front page of any google search, stars six of Earth's most interesting creatures that are also in danger of going extinct.
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If you click on Sunday’s Doodle, it zooms in first from space to show a wandering albatross, which has the widest wingspan of any living bird typically ranging from 2.51 to 3.5 m (8 ft 3 in to 11 ft 6 in), with a mean span of 3.1 m (10 ft 2 in). The arrow then allows you to click down.
If you do, you are taken back to Earth to see the coastal redwoods which happen to be the tallest trees in the world. These trees can reach higher than a 30-floor skyscraper (more than 320 feet).
Click down again, and you get the Paedophryne amauensis, the smallest frog and known vertebrate. It has a tiny length of 7.7 mm (0.30 in).
Following the next click is the Amazon water lily, one of the largest aquatic plants in the world. Its leaves can grow up to 46 centimeters in size and can hold up to 136 kilograms in weight.
Clicking down again will get you the Coelacanth, a fish believed to be one of the oldest living species, illustrated by having a dinosaur cross in the background. Initially, the species was known only from fossils and thought to have gone extinct approximately 65 million years ago.
Finally, the doodle brings you the deep cave springtail insect, one of the deepest-dwelling species on earth. Google also offers you the chance to learn more about each creature by clicking on the illustration.
The aim is to remind people of the wondrous nature of our Earth in order to be inspired to preserve it. It is a perfect message for Earth Day.
Earth Day, which takes place on Monday this year, was founded in 1970. The event was created in response to a devastating oil spill that occurred a year earlier off California's coast.
The incident spewed more than 3 million gallons of oil and killed more than 10,000 aquatic animals. Earth day has yearly themes and this year's is Protect Our Species.
"Nature’s gifts to our planet are the millions of species that we know and love, and many more that remain to be discovered. Unfortunately, human beings have irrevocably upset the balance of nature and, as a result, the world is facing the greatest rate of extinction since we lost the dinosaurs more than 60 million years ago," reads EarthDay.org's site.
As such, Google's Doodle is the perfect reminder of the beauty and wonder of our planet's species and the need to protect them. Will you be doing your share?
A new Brazilian study seems to suggest it does, so we asked scientists for their thoughts.