Top 10 Facts About Antarctica

facts about antarctica

we will tell you about the interesting facts about Antarctica Continent.

1.The continent is governed Antarctic Treaty was signed on Dec. 1, 1959, after more than a year of secret negotiations by 12 countries. It dedicates the continent to peaceful research activities. Forty-eight nations have now signed the treaty.It is one of the most interesting facts about Antarctica.

facts about antarctica

2Meteorites that crash there are easily seen on the ice. They are also better preserved, as they quickly get covered by ice, protecting them from corrosion. Since 1970, there have been more than 10,000 meteorites discovered in Antarctica, a few up to 700,000 years old.

facts about antarctica

3.Its sea ice expands about 40,000 square miles per day, adding up to an extra 12 million square miles of ice around the land mass (the equivalent of 1.5 United States). In effect, it doubles the size of the continent. In summer the new ice breaks up and melts.It is one of the interesting facts about Antarctica for kids.

facts about antarctica

4.Mount Erebus is currently the most active volcano in Antarctica Continent. The summit contains a persistent convecting lava lake, one of five long-lasting lava lakes on Earth.

facts about antarctica

5.Interesting Antarctica facts is there are no permanent residents. But up to 1,000 people may be wintering over at various research stations.

facts about antarctica

6.About 70% of Earth’s fresh water is in the Antarctic ice cap.The Antarctic ice sheet is the single biggest mass of ice in the world and can be up to four miles thick. The Antarctica continent as a whole contains about 90% of the planet’s freshwater ice and around 70% of the total freshwater on Earth.

facts about antarctica

7.Antarctica’s ice is so heavy that it compresses the land surface over much of the continent to below sea level. The ice is so heavy, in fact, that it deforms the South Pole, making the Earth slightly pear-shaped.

facts about antarctica

8.Most interesting fun facts about Antarctica is it sits on every line of longitude, due to the South Pole being situated near the middle of the continent, Theoretically, Antarctica would be located in all time zones. however, areas south of the Antarctic Circle experience extreme day-night cycles near the times of the June and December solstices. This makes it difficult to determine which time zone would be appropriate.

facts about antarctica

9.Antarctica lies in the southern hemisphere, seasons there is the opposite of seasons in the north — summer runs from October to February and winter covers the remainder of the year.

facts about antarctica

10.It is the coldest continent, in winter temperature can drop below –73°C (-100°F).it is the driest continent entirely desert with very little snow or rain falls on the continent, On average it is the windiest place on Earth. Scientists exploring this southerly landmass have reported wind speeds that have reached up to 200 miles per hour.

facts about antarctica

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