Interesting Facts about Antarctica

Coldest place on earth where a high ridge in Antarctica has recorded temperatures below -133F/-93C

Antarctica is the largest desert in the world

The average thickness of the ice is approximately 1.6 Km

Winds in some places can reach 320Km/h

90% of all meteorites ever found have come from Antarctica

The largest ice berg ever measured is bigger than Jamaica estimated at; 11,000 square/Km; it broke away in the year 2000

There is treaty signed by 38 countries that prohibits military/mineral/nuclear or waste disposal activities

There is over 300 lakes beneath Antarctica that are kept from freezing by the warmth of the earth’s core

Husky dogs have been banned from Antarctica since 1994

You cannot work in Antarctica unless your wisdom teeth and appendix are removed

Antarctica is the only continent without a time zone

The ice sheet of Antarctica has been in existence for at least 40 million years

Antarctica is the coldest, windiest, highest and driest continent on earth

90% of the world’s fresh water is in Antarctica

Some parts of Antarctica have had no rain or snow for the last 2 million years

Antarctica is the only continent without reptiles

There are no polar bears in Antarctica

The hole in the ozone layer over Antarctica is twice the size of Europe