WATCH: 10 Things You Didn't Know About Antarctica

2018-08-30 20:00
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Despite being the 5th largest continent in the world, there's a lot that we don't know about Antarctica since it was 'discovered' in 1820. 

It is the coldest place on Earth, with a record low temperature of -93 degrees Celsius, but it's also the windiest, with wind speeds reaching up to 320km/h, making it a tough place to bring your umbrella - not that you would need it. It only has 5cm of precipitation per year, making it the world's largest desert.

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It wasn't always like that though. 40 million years ago, the continent was warm and wet and fossils show that dinosaurs roamed Antarctica 70 million years ago.

Today, it’s mostly ice. 99% of the continent is covered in ice 1.6km thick, which stores 70% of the planet’s fresh water, and 90% of the world’s ice.

If all that ice melted, sea levels around the world would rise up to 60 metres.

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You also don't have to suffer from jet lag when visiting the continent. Antartica also has no time zones, thus most researchers and travellers to this desolate continent use the time zone of their home country.

But would you want to visit the land of ice?

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