10 Things You Didn’t Know About Antarctica

 

 

 

The Blood Falls seeps from the end of the Taylor Glacier into Lake Bonney. The tent at left provides a sense of scale for just how big the phenomenon is. Scientists believe a buried saltwater reservoir is partly responsible for the discoloration, which is a form of reduced iron.
Photo credit http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blood_Falls

 

 

 

  1. Antarctica has the largest desert in the world.
  2. Antarctica is the only continent without reptiles.
  3. There is a waterfall that runs red called Blood Falls.
  4. There is only 1 ATM in Antarctica.
  5. 90% of the world’s fresh water is in Antarctica
  6. There are 300 lakes beneath Antarctica that are kept from freezing by the warmth of the Earth’s core
  7. The largest iceberg ever measured is larger than the country of Jamaica. It broke away from Antarctica in 2000.
  8. The average thickness of the ice in Antarctica is one mile!
  9. Mount Erebus is the southernmost active volcano on earth. It spews ice crystals!
  10. The ice sheet in Antarctica has been around for over 40 million years.

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