Why is the Earth called Earth if it’s mostly made up of water?
- VelikovskyLv 78 months agoFavourite answer
It is not mostly made of water. Yes, the surface is 70% water, but the amount of water in the entire Earth is a small percentage (about 0.02%) of our planet's total mass.
And people live on the land (the earth) so they named it after the part they live on.
- TomLv 78 months ago
You got it backwards, earth (dirt) is called earth, because it is made of the Planet EARTH. Water is part of the planet Earth too.
- ob1knobLv 78 months ago
Because it has been named by humans which are a ground-dwelling species.
Also, many languages have identical or similar words for Earth and earth: French (Terre - terre), Spanish (Tierra - tierra), German (Boden - boden)...
- Anonymous8 months ago
Why don't you ask your government?
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- RonLv 78 months ago
Water makes up a very small part of the Earth. A better question is why didn't we give our moon a name at all. We just call it Moon.
- busterwasmycatLv 78 months ago
the water is a very thin veneer on top of 6000 km of rock. Calling it water would be the misnomer.
- Atarah DerekLv 78 months ago
It's mostly made up of earth. It's mostly COVERED in water. There's a difference.
- Anonymous8 months ago
The surface of the earth is mostly covered by water, but below the surface, it is mostly hard stuff like rock, molten rock and iron. Volcanoes are holes on the surface that allows what is under the earth to come out, and that stuff, called lava, is definitely not water. The earth's center is 3,958 miles below the surface, but the deepest part of any ocean is only 124 miles deep. That means there are at least 3,834 miles of solid stuff below even the deepest ocean. That means if you start drilling at the bottom of one ocean, you will not come out at the other end until you have drilled 7,600 miles through solid rock, molten rock and molten metal.
- ∅Lv 78 months ago
because we don't live on water.
- MARKLv 78 months ago
I do not know for sure. One way you could find out is to look up the etymology of 'Earth'. It is probably down to human bias. Most of our planet's surface may be covered with water but we are not an aquatic animal. We are terrestrial and to us that is our lived experience. So it would make more sense to call it 'Earth' rather than 'Water'.