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25 Kickass and Interesting Facts About Antarctica

Here are 25 Kickass and Interesting Facts About Antarctica.

1-5 Interesting Facts About Antarctica

Belgica Antarctica-Interesting Facts About Antarctica

1. There is just one insect species native to Antarctica called Belgica Antarctica. – Source

2. Australia has claim to the largest territory of Antarctica, which is only a couple of million square kilometers smaller than the Australian continent itself. – Source

3. In Antarctica, there is a town called Villa Las Estrellas with a primary school consisting of approximately 15 students and contains 3 computers providing the town’s access to the internet. – Source

4. There are seven churches in Antarctica – Source

5. There is an old soviet scientific research hut buried 20 ft. under snow in one of the most inaccessible places in Antarctica. If you can make it in the hut there is a golden visitor’s book you can sign. – Source

6-10 Interesting Facts About Antarctica

Dry Valleys-Interesting Facts About Antarctica

6. The driest place on Earth is in Antarctica in an area called the Dry Valleys, which have seen no rain for nearly 2 million years. There is absolutely no precipitation in this region. – Source

7. Antarctica has 24 different time zones. The scientists who reside there go by either the time of their homeland or the supply line that brings them food and equipment. – Source

8. In 1912, three men set out to recover emperor penguin eggs from Antarctica. It was so cold one man’s teeth chattered so violently that they shattered. When he returned to UK, the National History Museum refused to accept the eggs. – Source

9. In 1961, Leonid Rogozov, a Soviet surgeon, removed his own appendix while stationed in Antarctica. – Source

10. It rarely ever snows in Antarctica. The snow there has accumulated over many years and the temperature never rises enough to melt it. – Source

11-15 Interesting Facts About Antarctica

Una's t**s-Interesting Facts About Antarctica

11. There are two towering peaks on the Antarctic Peninsula that are named Una’s t**s, after a woman who worked in the British Antarctic office. – Source

12. In 1996, a Norwegian man became the first to cross Antarctica, 1,864 miles, coast to coast, all alone and completely without support. In 2001, he completed the first solo crossing of the Arctic, from Siberia to Canada via the North Pole, in 82 days. – Source

13. In 2009, eleven children were born in Antarctica – Source

14. You cannot work in Antarctica unless your wisdom teeth and appendix are removed – Source

15. In the geographical center of Antarctica stands a bust of Lenin. – Source

16-20 Interesting Facts About Antarctica

ATM Antarctica-Interesting Facts About Antarctica

16. Antarctica has 2 ATM’s. They were installed back in 2000 at the McMurdo Station, which is 840 miles from the south pole. – Source

17. Antarctica is claimed by 8 different countries and is technically “owned” by science.

18. Researchers are practicing for a human mission to Mars by living in the heart of Antarctica to see the effects of extreme isolation. – Source

19. In 2001, Travis McHenry, an American claimed huge chunk of previously unclaimed Antarctican peninsula as his own nation through a supposed loophole in the Antarctic Treaty – Source

20. Antarctica has 2 bars for its residents. – Source

21-25 Interesting Facts About Antarctica

Antarctican dollars-Interesting Facts About Antarctica

21. “Antarctican dollars” are collector’s items and they are produced by the Antarctica Overseas Exchange Office in the appearance of national money for the continent of Antarctica. – Source

22. The Antarctica’s South Georgia Island is said to be more biologically diverse than the Galapagos – Source

23. There are many subglacial lakes beneath Antarctica, the largest (Lake Vostok) has been isolated for 25,000,000 years beneath 13,000 feet of ice. It is the most oxygen rich water in the world. – Source

24. Ancient turtle bones discovered in Antarctica reveal that 45 million years ago, it was a rain forest – Source

25. There are hot springs reaching 158°F in Antarctica – Source

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    Fact #14 is not entirely true. I worked on continent for project G-078-M last year and have not been questioned about my appendix. I do still have it. I cannot comment on “winter over” personnel because that was not an option for me.

    Fact #20 is not accurate. McMurdo Station has 3 bars, Gallaghers, Southern Exposure, and the Coffee House. Scott Base (about 4 miles away from McMurdo) has a bar as well. Americans are traditionally invited there on Thursday evenings.


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