Antarctica Facts: 11-15
11. The amount of precipitation received by inner parts of the continent is way less than the amount of precipitation received in the coastal areas. Inner parts receive amount 2 inches of precipitation annually while the coastal areas receive about 8 inches annually.
12. Antarctica is home for colossal blizzards. They are basically snowstorms just like sandstorms found in sandy deserts. The high speed wind is responsible for picking up snow from ground and blowing it at a speed of around 200 miles an hour, creating white blanket with near zero visibility.
13. The seasons found in Antarctica are very opposite to that found in north. The continent is in south of the planet, the summer months start from October and end in February. Rest of the months are winter months.
14. Antarctica has vegetation but that’s not in form of bushes or trees. They vegetation on the continent is composed of algae, lichen and mosses.
Antarctica Facts: 16-20
16. The male Emperor Penguin found in Antarctica is the only warm-blooded animal that lives on the continent during the freezing winter. The male actually nests on the single egg that the female Emperor Penguin lays.
17. The female Emperor Penguin, after laying the egg, goes away and spends time in the sea. The female will spend 9 weeks in sea only to return when it is time for the egg to hatch.
18. Antarctica is the best place to find meteorites because it the dark rocks are easy to spot against the backdrop of the white glittering snow.
19. Antarctica was world’s last continent to be discovered (officially) in 1820. There are however various claims from famous historians that Antarctica was discovered much before and that there are ancient maps that show ice-free Antarctica.
20. Here’s a fun Antarctica fact: Toss boiling water in air and it was vaporize instantly. Some of particles will however convert in small ice pieces.