Friday, December 17, 2010

Antarctic facts

  • Antarctica is the world's fifth largest continent measuring 14 million square kilometers (5.4 million square miles)
  • The ice sheet that covers almost all of Antarctica is the largest body of fresh water on earth containing approx. 91% of the world's ice and 70% of the world's fresh water
  • If the ice sheet were to melt it would raise the world's oceans approx. 70m (200 ft)
  • Antarctic is the driest continent on earth with an annual percipitation of less then 3 cm (1 inch) in the interior
  • Some scientists believe that no rain has fallen in Antarctica's dry valleys in Victoria land for 2 million years
  • The coldest recorded temperature was on July 21, 1983 at Volstok scientific station Antarctica -89.2 C (-128.6 F)

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