Antarctica Continent Facts: 21-25
21. You also get sand dunes in Antarctica. In McMudro Dry Valleys sits the largest sand dune of Antarctica which measures 70 meters or 230 feet in height and over 200 meters or 650 feet in width.
22. Circumpolar Current is the largest current in world that is driven by wind. This current moves west to east in a clockwise direction all around Antarctica. This current moves nutrients, salt and marine life and heat among the main ocean basins of world.
23. South Pole is located in Antarctica and logically, it should have a precise location but because of the wobble in the orbit of Earth, exact location of South Pole keeps changing.
24. When fumarole cracks in Mount Erebus, hot gas spews out steam, which instantly cools and freezes right in air forming weird looking towers that can reach up to 10 meters or 30 feet in height.
25. The ice sheet covering Antarctica is so heavy that it slightly deforms the South Pole, giving the Earth a slight pear shape.
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Antarctica Continent Facts: 26-30
26. Above Antarctica, there is a hole in the ozone layer. It is the largest known hole measuring 27 square kilometers. This hole is twice the size of whole of Europe.
27. There is something called Antarctic Ice Marathon. It is held annually and participants need to run 100 kilometers. The marathon is held on ice sheet located in Ellsworth Mountains’ shadow – just a few hundred miles away from the South Pole.
28. Though the continent is full of ice, one of the greatest threats is fire. The environment is very dry and hence, if a fire break out, it will be difficult to stop it.
29. A scientist in Antarctica once used Tinder app while being there. He found himself a date with a girl who was only 45 minutes away from his location.
30. During the warmest cycles of Earth many millions of years ago, Antarctica was covered with rich green forests and guess what? Dinosaurs used to live there.
Did you know that if all the ice on Antarctica were to melt, the sea levels across the globe would increase by a whopping 200 feet?