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10 Interesting Facts About Antarctica






On the southern most tip of the planet rests one of the world most massive and mysterious landmasses- the frozen realm of antarctica.


On the southern most tip of the planet rests one of the world most massive and mysterious landmasses.This icy expanse stretches out to cover more than 14 million,square kilometres making it the fifth largest continent in the world.It is situated almost entirely within the antarctic circle which means that temperatures are consistently below zero throughout a majority of the year.


1.The dry valleys in the antarctica are the driest places on earth.With such low humidity and moisture on this portion of the continent snow and ice cannot even accumulate which leaves the valleys as just a dusty expanse of dirt.






2.Antarctica is on average the windiest place on earth.Scientists exploring this southerly landmass have reported wind speeds that have reached upto 200 miles per hour.







3.The antarctic ice sheet is the single biggest mass of ice in the world and can sometimes be up to four miles thick.The continent as a whole contains about 90 percent of the planet freshwater ice and around 70 percent of the total fresh water on Earth.








4.Scientists claim that if the west anatarctica ice sheet were to melt it would raise global sea levels by about 16 feet.




5.The Rose ice shelf a floating tongue of ice that extends off the continent main landmass encomapsses more than  510,000 square kilometres and is the largest ice shelf that has ever been discovered.









6.While antarctica is covered in ice,it actually holds one of the worlds biggest mountain ranges the gambutsev mountains which streets out more than 1200 kilometres the highest peak are estimated to be around 2800 metres or about one third the size of the earth tallest mountain mount Everest.









7.Another interesting geographic feature hidden under the ice sheet is lake vostok a freshwater lake buried under 4 kilometres of frozen water.This lake is about the size of lake ontario and is one or more than 200 different bodies of water that has been discovered beneath the ice.








8.While the grand canyon is largely considered to be the planets biggest natural rift,scientists discovered another trench on antarctica that could rival one of americas mightiest natural features.The unnamed canyon was found during a 2010 extends 100 kilometres wide and reaches depths of more than 1,6 kilometres.
Scientists speculate that it could be even larger,but further exploration is required to learn the true boundaries of this massive rift.




 



9.Antarctica is home to mount erebus the southern most active volcano in the world as well as the only known the lava lakes which have held liquid magma for eons despite the continent's  frigid southern most active volcano in the world as well as the only known continet's frigid conditions.









10.There are 30 different countries that operate 80 research stations situated around the continent.The human inhabitants who occupy these facilities number around 4,000 during the summer months and only 1,000 during the long harsh winters in antarctica.








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