Top Things you did not know about Antarctica

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Top Things you did not know about Antarctica
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World's coldest, windiest, highest, and driest continent on the earth is also world's most mysterious land. Here we have listed amazing facts about Antarctica probably you did not know.

1. 90% of the world's ice


About 98% of Antarctica is covered by the Antarctic ice sheet, a sheet of ice averaging at least 1.6 km thick. The continent has about 90% of the world's ice. If all of this ice were melted, sea levels would rise about 60 m.

2. Largest Desert


Antarctica is the largest desert in the world even though it holds 70 percent of the world’s freshwater. Its annual precipitation is only 200 mm (8 in) along the coast and far less inland. This desert covers around 14,000,000 Sq km area.

3. Driest place on Earth


The Dry Valleys of Antarctica are the driest place on Earth, with low humidity and almost no snow or ice cover.

4. No native species of ants


Antarctica is the only continent without reptiles.

5. No timezone


Antarctica is the only continent without a time zone.

6. Extreme climate


Antarctica is the coldest, windiest, highest, and driest continent on Earth.

7. No rain


Some parts of Antarctica have had no rain or snow for the last 2 million years.

8. Red waterfall


here is a waterfall in Antarctica that runs red.

9. Biggest mass of ice


The Antarctic Ice Sheet is the single biggest mass of ice in the world and can sometimes be up to four miles thick.

10. Lowest recorded temperature


Antarctica holds the top spot for the lowest recorded temperature on Earth, which was -129°F (-84.5°C) at the Russian Vostok station in 1983.

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