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Antarctica: Unbelievable facts that you don’t know

1.  Antarctica is a desert.

When most of us think of deserts, we think of sand dunes and sizzling temperatures, but technically a desert doesn’t have to be hot or sandy, it’s more about how much precipitation the area receives as rain, snow, mist or fog. So, it is one of the world’s largest desert.

2. Antarctica holds most of the world’s freshwater.

Image: NASA

An incredible 60-90% of the world’s freshwater is locked in Antarctica’s vast ice sheet.

3. Antarctica holds a lot of records.

As well as being one of the driest continents on Earth, Antarctica is also the coldest, windiest, and highest. Some parts of Antarctica have had no rain or snow for the last 2 million years. It is the only continent without reptiles.
It is the only continent without a time zone. Its ice sheet has been in existence for at least 40 million years.

4. An American Scientist Was The First And Only Person To Find A Match On Tinder In Antarctica.

This American researcher just wanted to try if there were any matches available. To his surprise, there was one available, and she was another researcher just 45 minutes away, and she swiped right. These two until now have been the only pair to go on a date in Antarctica.

5. There Is A Waterfall In Antarctica Which Is Called Blood Falls.

It is because of its salinity and high iron composition.The Blood Falls seeps from the end of the Taylor Glacier into Lake Bonney. The tent at left provides a sense of scale for just how big the phenomenon is. Scientists believe a buried saltwater reservoir is partly responsible for the discoloration, which is a form of reduced iron.

6. Antarctica has its own Treaty.

There’s a treaty signed by 38 countries that prohibits military activities, mineral mining, nuclear explosions, and nuclear waste disposal in Antarctica.

7. The Average Ice Sheet Thickness In Antarctica Is 1 Mile.

On average, the ice is more than one mile (1.6 km) thick, but in some sections, it can get as thick as almost three miles (4.8 km).

8. Countries did all sorts of things to claim Antarctica.

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.

9. Still, one country holds possession of most of it.

Australia claims to own the largest territory in Antarctica: 5.8 million sq km (2.2 million sq mi).

10. It is home to most of the earth’s meteorites.

Of all the meteorites ever found, 90% have come from Antarctica.

11. Antarctica has lost a lot of ice in the past few years.

Image: Yale Environment 360

Due To Climate Change, Antarctica Has Lost 3 Trillion Tons Of Ice In Just 25 Years. Now it is predicted that more than 241 billion tons of ice is lost each year.

12. Antarctica also has an ATM.

The banking conglomerate Wells Fargo installed an ATM back in 1998 at McMurdo Station, the largest science hub on the continent. While it is near New Zealand territory, the ATM only dispenses US dollars.

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