This is going to be our last article on Antarctica Continent facts. We have already covered a lot of interesting facts about the continent in our previous three articles. If you want to read about them first, follow the links provided in the blue boxes below [you will find one box per page]. So, let us begin with our list…
Antarctica Continent Facts: 1-5
1. The continent has floating tongues of ice. These are basically ice shelves. These ice shelves are really massive. The largest of them is the Ross Ice Shelf which is 197,000 square miles in size. It makes up 3.7% of whole of Antarctica.
2. Gamburtsev Mountains of Antarctica are hidden in plain sight. The mountain ranges spread over 1,200 kilometers in length and are believed to be 8,900 feet in height. The mountains are covered in 2,000 feet or 600 meters of ice.
3. It is believed that the Gamburtsev Mountains are nearly the same size as the Alps of the Europe and the speculated age of the mountains is between 34 and 500 million years.
4. There is a subglacial lake called Lake Vostok in Antarctica. Well, it is not the only one. There are nearly 400 such lakes. Lake Vostok is however, very special. Sitting 13,000 feet beneath the ice surface, Lake Vostok is largest freshwater subglacial lake in Antarctica.
5. The average depth of Lake Vostok is 432 meters or 1,417 feet and it covers an area of 12,500 square kilometers. Scientists estimate that its volume is 5,400 cubic kilometers.
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Antarctica Continent Facts: 6-10
6. There is a competitor of Grand Canyon in Antarctica. A rift was discovered during 2009-2010 expedition, which has a width of around 6 miles and a length of approximately 62 miles (excluding its extension into the ocean). At its deepest, it is estimated to be 1.5 kilometers deep or 4921.26 feet deep.
7. The Transantarctic Mountains that divide the East Antarctica and the West Antarctica is one of the longest mountain ranges in world with a total length of 3,500 kilometers or 2,175 miles.
8. At 16,362 feet or 4,987 meters, the Vinson Massif is Antarctica’s highest point.
9. Mount Erebus – a active volcano in Antarctica has been erupting continuously since 1972 to present.
10. The first person to reach South Pole was Roald Amundsen. He was a Norwegian who reached there on December 14, 1911 and planted the flag of Norway.