Antarctica Facts – Interesting Things You Didn’t Knew About Antarctica
Antarctica is an attractive land as far as till the eye can see. This place is full of ice. Frozen lakes, massive glaciers and freezing temperatures which makes impossible for live life but some animals can adapt their environment still humans have intrigued by this ice desert. Now here are something about icy land which will acquaint you.
Here are 7 Interesting Things About Antarctica:
1). Ice and more ice
There is a significant expanse of ice which makes a single most significant mass of ice in the world. Total continent covers over 90% of earth’s freshwater ice and 70% fresh water of the planet is included.
2). Whose Antarctica
There are few nations like the United Kingdom, Australia, and Argentina who claimed to the icy continent over the years but it’s not liberated for any ownership and government. The land which is known as the natural reserve. According to the Antarctica treaty of 1959, is devoted to science and peace, and 48 nations signed this agreement.
If you are interested in meteorites, then it is must to visit the ice continent because 90% of meteorites can found in Antarctica. They are better conserved due to ice which works against corrosion as a preventive measure. Since 1970 there are found meteorites in Antarctica, and few of them are old over 700,000 years.
4). The coldest place
Antarctica is one of the coldest places on earth. The average of annual temperature is -58 degrees Fahrenheit. And the lowest temperature which has ever been recorded that was -128 degree Fahrenheit in 1983. From some research, it is found that coolest air finds a resting spot over the flat area on the side of hills where it continues to cool.
5). No Time Zone
We all know that south pole is situated near the middle of the continent. There is no time zone in Antarctica it’s been the only continent in the world without time zone. Antartica is the only place where geographical south pole meets longitude of the earth that’s why it can be used with at any time in the world.
6). Blood Waterfall
There is waterfall which is the color of blood in the pristine white snow- covered continent. But we don’t need to worry about it because it is not actual blood. The five-story waterfall emerges from the Taylor Glacier in McMurdo Dry Valleys, and it gets the blood crimson color from iron.
A new remote survey found that are 138 volcanoes on one part of the continent, which is known as the West Antarctic Rift system, it’s a big zone. (that stretches 2,175 miles (3,500 kilometers) from the Ross Sea in the south to the Antarctic Peninsula in the northwest.)