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7 fun facts about Antarctica

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On the southern tip of the Earth rests one of the biggest and most mysterious continent,  ANTARCTICA. Let's get to know some fun facts about it!

The Antarctic ice sheet is the largest on Earth

Antarctica peninsula covering an incredible 14 million km² (5.4 million square miles) of Antarctic mountain ranges, valleys and plateaus. It covers 80% of the worlds ice.

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Antarctica holds most of the world’s fresh water

An incredible 60-90% of the world’s fresh water is locked in Antarctica’s vast ice sheet.

Blood Falls is a remote glacier in East Antarctica. The water flowing from within the glacier was from a sub glacial lake high in salt and oxidized iron which turns the water in its striking red shade hence the name

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There are 80 research stations by 30 different countries situated around the continent. Around 4000 human inhabitants these facilities during the summer months and only 1,000 during the long, harsh winters.

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Antarctic Treaty System

In December 1959, 12 countries  signed the Antarctic Treaty in an agreement tog govern the continent together as a reserve for peace and science. Since then, 41 other countries have signed the Treaty.

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Deep Lake in Antarctica is so salty that it cannot freeze, even in temperatures as low as negative 15 degrees Celsius!

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Antarctica is home to several volcanoes and two of them are active. first one is Mount Erebus and The second active volcano is on Deception Island

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Antarctica is truly unlike anywhere else on earth. The white continent has many mysteries. 

To know more, keep a lookout for second part.

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