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Google Doodle Celebrates Earth Day with Series of Animations on Six Unique Inhabitants on Earth

The theme of this year's Earth Day was 'Protect Our Species' and intended to draw attention to the rapid global destruction and reduction of the world's plant and wildlife populations

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The theme of this year's Earth Day was 'Protect Our Species' and intended to draw attention to the rapid global destruction and reduction of the world's plant and wildlife populations. Wikimedia

From Wandering Albatross to Coastal Redwood, Google on Monday celebrated Earth Day with a series of animations on six unique inhabitants on the Earth.

While Wandering Albatross has the widest wingspan in the world, Coastal Redwood is the tallest tree in the world at 377 feet.

Paedophryne Amauensis is a species of frog from Papua New Guinea. At 7.7 mm in length, it is considered the world’s smallest known vertebrate.

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FILE – An environmental militant shows an orange, painted as a globe, during an event to mark the Earth Overshoot Day on Aug. 1, 2018 in Berlin. It marks the date when we (all of humanity) have used more from nature than our planet can renew in the entire year. VOA

Another animation is on Amazon Water Lily which is the largest aquatic plant.

Then there is Coelacanth — a fish that was long considered a “living fossil”. It evolved into roughly its current form approximately 400 million years ago.

Several recent studies have shown that Coelacanth body shapes are much more diverse than previously thought.

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Google Doodle marks 6 unique inhabitants on Earth Day. VOA

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The last animation is on “Deep Cave Springtail”, insects that live in total darkness in caves where they feed on fungi and decomposing organic matter.

The theme of this year’s Earth Day was ‘Protect Our Species’ and intended to draw attention to the rapid global destruction and reduction of the world’s plant and wildlife populations. (IANS)

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Google Doodle Celebrates the Shortest Day of the Year

Another user wrote: "Wishing my Twitter friends a happy and peaceful Winter Solstice this weekend! The nights will get lighter and only two or three months till flowers make an appearance in the gardens. Hurrah!."

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Representational Image of 'Doodle for Google'. Flickr

Google on Sunday released an adorable snowman doodle to celebrate winter solstice, the shortest day of the year.

The word “solstice” originated from the Latin solstitium meaning “sun stands still”, when the ‘movement of sun’s path’ stops briefly.

Solstice occurs because the Earth is tilted on its axis of rotation by about 23.5 degrees and the tilt causes each hemisphere to receive different amounts of sunlight throughout the year.

The winter solstice, also known as mid-winter, occurs when one of the Earth’s poles has its maximum tilt away from the Sun.

Due to this, earth experiences the shortest day and the longest night of the year.

This year winter begins from December 22 and will last till March 20, 2020, according to the Google.

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FILE – The Google logo is seen at a start-up campus in Paris, France, Feb. 15, 2018. VOA

It happens twice yearly, once in each hemisphere.

In the Northern Hemisphere it is the December solstice and in the Southern Hemisphere it is called June solstice.

People across the globe took to various social media platforms such Twitter and Facebook to wish and celebrate winter solstice.

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“In the Northern Hemisphere it is the December solstice and in the Southern Hemisphere it is called June solstice. Happy December Solstice to all life forms on Earth.The Northern Hemisphere’s longest night. The Southern Hemisphere’s longest day. And for the equator, caught between, a day like any other,” a user tweeted from his Twitter account.

Another user wrote: “Wishing my Twitter friends a happy and peaceful Winter Solstice this weekend! The nights will get lighter and only two or three months till flowers make an appearance in the gardens. Hurrah!.” (IANS)