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Antarctica – Facts and Figures

Geography | 9-14 yrs | Animation, Video
  • Over 98% of Antarctica is covered by the unbroken polar ice sheet.
  • If the ice sheet melted, the oceans would rise by around 65 meters.
  • The size of the Antarctic ice sheet doubles every winter.
  • The elevation at the south pole is 9300 feet although the bedrock is only a 100 feet above above sea level.
  • It is the driest and coldest place on earth.
  • The lowest recorded temperature in history is -128 degrees F.
  • Antarctica is the 5th largest continent with a population of 0.
  • Antarctica is the only continent with no countries.
  • Samples of ice extracted from the ice sheet give scientists valuable information about the earth’s climate from millions of years ago.

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