Secrets hidden under the ice of Antarctica
• Secrets hidden under the ice of Antarctica
Far white continent still remains a huge blind spot for scientists. In humans, there is a polar station, NASA is watching Antarctica from space, but a three-kilometer thickness of the ice until we look not. Very long man drilled a single well and in the end barely reached Lake Vostok. How many more secrets keeps silent ice sheet, scientists can only speculate.
To work in Antarctica are not allowed people who did not remove wisdom teeth and appendicitis. In order not to create unnecessary problems.
Antarctica may well be a desert. Here it is located the driest place on the whole earth - Dry Valleys.
In Antarctica has its own top-level domain. Local sites ending in .aq
to 53 million years ago, Antarctica was a warm, palm trees that grew along its banks.
Metallica played a gig in Antarctica, calling their tour Freeze 'Em All. This trick has turned them into a single group, which played on every continent.
In Antarctica has its own nuclear power plant - McMurdo. It was built only in 1962.
And here has its own fire brigade!
Technically, Antarctica contains all the time zones of the planet.
Polar Bears in Antarctica not. Go after them in the Arctic, or, in Canada.
What continent without its own bar! research Vernadsky station staff can afford the most cold drinks.
Antarctica is the fifth largest continent in the world.
The average thickness of the Antarctic ice is about 1, 6 kilometers. It collected 70% of all fresh water on Earth!
Transantarctic Mountains of Antarctica continent is divided into East and West. This is one of the longest mountain chains in the world.
The existence of Antarctica was a surprise. Only in 1820, people realized that in front of them is not a group of islands, and the whole continent.
The Norwegian explorer Roald Amundsen became the first person to reach the South Pole.
Secret negotiations are over 12 countries world-wide agreement. According to him, Antarctica was declared a demilitarized zone, where they can conduct research from any country.
Emile Marco Palma was the first child born in Antarctica. It was a planned action of Argentina, which allowed the country to qualify for some of the continent.
99% Antarctica is covered with ice.
Despite the extreme temperatures, it is growing as much as 1150 species of fungi.
The lowest temperature on Earth was fixed station East and -89 was 2 degrees Celsius.