Antarctica Facts

  • McMurdo is the biggest base in Antarctica.
  • About 1000 to 5000 people live in Antarctica through the year at science stations in Antarctica.
  • Antarctica is bigger than Europe and almost double the size of Australia by about a million square miles.
  • Antarctica is the fifth largest continent after Asia, Africa,North America and South America. Chile is the most closest country to Antarctica.
  • Antarctica is larger than all European countries.
  • The official flag of Antarctica has a white map of the continent at the centre of a blue background .
On Antarctica:
  • Antarctica is the driest , coldest and windiest continent .
  • Some places in Antarctica the ice is 4 km thick- that's about half the hight of Mount Everest!!
  • Most of Antarctica is covered in ice over 1.6 km thick.
  • Antarctica is 99 % ice !
  •   Hypothermia occurs when the core of the body temperature goes down to -35 C or lower.
  •  Huskies are not native to Antarctica , and they can carry diseases.
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Map of Antarctica

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Emperor penguins in a line