Most people know very little about Antarctica, so the good people at Factslides gathered some cool facts about the continent, most of which will probably leave you speechless.
1 – Antarctica is the largest desert in the world.
2 – Antarctica is the only continent without reptiles.
3 – The coldest place on Earth is a high ridge in Antarctica where temperatures can dip below -133°F (-93.2°C).
4 – Some parts of Antarctica have had no rain or snow for the last 2 million years.
5 – There is a waterfall in Antarctica that runs red.
6 – Antarctica has only one ATM.
7 – 90% of the world’s fresh water is in Antarctica.
8 – You cannot work in Antarctica unless you have had your wisdom teeth and appendix removed.
- There are no polar bears in Antarctica (only in the Arctic), but there are lots penguins.
10 – Antarctica is the only continent without a time zone.
11 – Antarctica is the coldest, windiest, highest, and driest continent on Earth.
12 – Ice melting in Antarctica has caused a small shift in gravity in the region.
13 – Chile has a civilian town in Antarctica, complete with a school, hospital, hostel, post office, Internet, TV and mobile phone coverage.
14 – The ice sheet of Antarctica has been in existence for at least 40 million years.
15 – There are 300 lakes beneath Antarctica that are kept from freezing by the warmth of Earth’s core.
16 – The highest temperature ever recorded in Antarctica is 58.2°F (14.5°C).
17 – Mount Erebus is the southernmost active volcano on Earth is in Antarctica. It spews crystals.
18 – Antarctica was once as warm as modern-day California.
19 – There are at least seven Christian churches in Antarctica.
20 – A scientist in Antarctica got a date through Tinder with a girl camping just 45 minutes away.
21 – Most of Antarctica is covered in ice: less than 1% is permanently ice-free.
22 – The largest iceberg ever measured is bigger than Jamaica: 11,000 sq km (4,200 sq mi). It broke away from Antarctica in 2000.
23 – The average thickness of ice in Antarctica is about 1 mile (1.6 km).
24 – In 1977, Argentina sent a pregnant mother to Antarctica in an effort to claim a portion of the continent. The boy became the first human known to be born in Antarctica.
25 – Winds in some places of Antarctica can reach 200 mph (320 km/h).