Antarctica Continent Facts: 11-15
11. Antarctica is manned throughout the year. All of them are researchers. In summer times, the number of researchers peak at 4,000 and during the winters, the numbers fall to 1,000.
12. Apart from researchers, Antarctica is actually inhabited by humans. There are no indigenous people living on the continent.
13. Antarctica is also a tourist paradise. International Association of Antarctica Tour Operators said that in 2011, 20,000 tourists visited the continent.
14. 257 people died in Antarctica in 1979 on November 28. Air New Zealand Flight 901 that was operated with McDonnell Douglas DC-10-30 aircraft was flying over Antarctica with 257 people. They were there for Antarctic sightseeing. The flight crashed on Mount Erebus in whiteout conditions and all people aboard were killed.
15. One of the most famous tourist attractions of Antarctica is the Deception Island, which is basically a caldera of an active volcano. It is a place where people go for enjoying hot springs.
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Antarctica Continent Facts: 16-20
16. During the winter months, most of Antarctica becomes dark. The Earth’s tilt causes the Sun to disappear below horizon during austral winter for the entire duration of the winter. It lasts from autumnal equinox to vernal equinox.
17. CIA World Factbook says that during summer months, more sunlight hits Antarctica than regions near equator simply because the sun stays constantly above the horizon.
18. Almost the whole of Antarctica lies inside the Antarctic Circle, giving it a unique location.
19. No, penguins aren’t the most abundant land animals you find in Antarctica. The title of being ‘most abundant’ goes to tiny nematode worm.
20. Well, penguins are definitely the commonest birds you can find in Antarctica. They aren’t solitary birds. They live in colonies and their colonies can be extremely large, rivaling the human population in some of the greatest cities in world.