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10 Surprising Facts About Antarctica

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10 Surprising Facts About Antarctica

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10 Surprising Facts About Antarctica

 

  1. The first confirmed sighting of the continent by humans was in 1820.
  2. If Antarctica’s ice sheets melted, the worlds oceans would rise by 60 to 65 meters (200 – 210ft)  – everywhere.
  3. Antarctica is the best place in the world to find meteorites.
  4. The lowest ever temperature recorded was at the Russian Vostok station on Antarctica. It was -129.28°F (- 89.6°C)
  5. The ice can be more than 2.4 miles thick in some places.
  6. Between 60 and 70% of all of the world’s fresh water.
  7. Only about 0.4 percent of Antarctica is not covered by ice.
  8. The largest land animal in Antarctica is an insect, a wingless midge, Belgica antarctica, less than 1.3cm (0.5in) long.
  9. The Dry Valleys of Antarctica is the driest place on the planet. In fact, the Dry Valleys went 2 million years without rain!
  10. There is no time zone in Antarctica. Scientist communities in Antarctica tend to keep the time relating to their home lands.

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