1. Antarctica is the largest desert in the world.
  2. Antarctica is the coldest, windiest, highest and driest continent on Earth.
  3. The coldest place on Earth is a high ridge in Antarctica where temperatures can dip below -133°F (-93.2°C).
  4. The highest temperature ever recorded in Antarctica is 58.2°F (14.5°C).
  5. 90%
    of the world's fresh water is in Antarctica.
  6. Although myths and speculation about a Terra Australis ("Southern Land") date back to antiquity, Antarctica was only first sighted in 1820 by a Russian expedition.
  7. Some parts of Antarctica have had no rain or snow for the last 2 million years.
  8. Antarctica is about 1.3 times as large as Europe.
  9. Antarctica is the only
    continent without reptiles.
  10. Ice melting in Antarctica has caused a small shift in gravity in the region.
  11. You cannot work in Antarctica unless your wisdom teeth and appendix are removed.
  12. Chile has a civilian town in Antarctica, complete with a school, hospital, hostel, post office, Internet, TV and mobile phone coverage.
  13. Antarctica is the only continent without a time zone.
  14. The ice sheet of Antarctica has been in existence for at least 40 million years.
  15. There's a treaty signed by 38 countries that prohibits military activities, mineral mining, nuclear explosions and nuclear waste disposal in Antarctica.
  16. There are 300 lakes beneath Antarctica that are kept from freezing by the warmth of Earth's core.
  17. Husky dogs have been banned from Antarctica since 1994.
  18. The southernmost active volcano on Earth is in Antarctica. It spews crystals and is very close to the U.S. Research Center.
  19. Antarctica was once as warm as modern-day California.
  20. There are at least seven Christian churches in Antarctica.
  21. A scientist in Antarctica got a date through Tinder with a girl camping just 45 minutes away.
  22. Ants have colonised almost every landmass on Earth except for Antarctica and a few remote or inhospitable islands.
  23. Most of Antarctica is covered in ice: less than 1% is permanently ice-free.
  24. Australia claims to own the largest territory in Antarctica: 5.8 million sq km (2.2 million sq mi).
  25. The largest iceberg ever measured is bigger than Jamaica: 11,000 sq km (4,200 sq mi). It broke away from Antarctica in 2000.
  26. In 1977, Argentina sent a pregnant mother to Antarctica in an effort to claim a portion of the continent. The boy became the first human known to be born in Antarctica.
  27. The average thickness of ice in Antarctica is about 1 mile (1.6 km) .
  28. Winds in some places of Antarctica can reach 200 mph (320 km/h).
  29. Antarctica is almost 1.5 times the size of the U.S.
  30. 90%
    of all meteorites ever found have come from Antarctica.
  31. The World's Oldest Sperm was discovered in Antarctica: 50-million-year-old sperm cells from a worm.
  32. There are Victoria's Secret models from every continent except Antarctica.
  33. There is just one insect native to Antarctica, the Belgica Antarctica.
  34. There is a waterfall in Antarctica that runs red as blood.
  35. There are no polar bears in Antarctica,
    only in the Arctic‎.
  36. Antarctica has only one ATM.
  37. Argentina claims 965,597 km2 (372,819 sq mi) in Antarctica, where it has the world's oldest continuous state presence, since 1904.
  38. Antarctica was once covered in rich green forests and inhabited by dinosaurs, during one of Earth's warmest cycles.
  39. The hole in the ozone layer over Antarctica is twice the size of Europe.
  40. No sitting U.S. president has visited Antarctica.
  41. Every year, a half marathon, marathon and a 100K run take place in Antarctica despite an average windchill temperature of -20°C.
  42. The largest volcanic region on Earth is two kilometres below the surface of the vast ice sheet that covers west Antarctica, where at least 136 volcanoes are located.
  43. There are more than 40 airports in Antarctica.
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