There is a valley in Antarctica called the ‘Dry Valleys’ which scientists consider to be the closest of any terrestrial environment to Mars, and which hasn’t received any rain in almost 2 million years.
Antarctica doesn’t have any permanent citizens and has no indigenous population. Only 11 children are known to have been to be born there.
esearchers spending long periods of time in Antarctica have begun to develop their own unique accent.
Antarctica used to be covered in lush rainforests well adapted to months with no sunlight in the winter.
The Nazi’s went on an Antarctic expedition to claim it before WW2. When doing airplane surveys they had to drop weight, so they dropped boxes of metal swastikas that were supposed to be dropped all over Antarctica. So there’s boxes of swastikas on the Antarctic ocean floor somewhere.
There is an exclusive club in Antarctica called Club 300. In order to become a member one have to warm themselves in a 200 degree sauna, and then run outside naked and touch the Ceremonial South Pole where it’s 100 degrees below.
In 1977, Argentina flew a pregnant woman to their military base in Antarctica so she could have first baby to ever be born on the continent. In doing so, the Argentine government believed this would give them an undisputable claim on the land, but the claim is not recognized internationally.
Cave systems were recently discovered beneath Antarctica which are warm enough to wear t-shirts in, and in which it is said a “lost world” of new animals and plants may exist.
Argentina sent a pregnant woman to Antarctica, had her give birth there, and used the baby to reinforce its territorial claims.
A soviet surgeon had to remove his own appendix on an Antarctica base because he was the only doctor.
Antarctica has the highest literacy rate of any continent.
NASA scientists have described Lake Untersee in Queen Maud Land, Antarctica, as one of the most unusual lakes on Earth with a pH like that of strong Clorox.