There is an Antarctic dialect of English, which has developed among researchers in Antarctica who have their own slang and speech patterns. Since this is one of the few linguistically isolated areas in the world, it is being used to understand how dialects originate. scientificamerican.com/po…
Fossil remains of an extinct colossus penguin was nearly 7 feet tall and weighed 250 pounds, unearthed in Antarctica mnn.com/earth-matters/ani…
Argentina sent a pregnant woman to Antarctica, had her give birth there, and used the baby to reinforce its territorial claims atlasobscura.com/articles…
Today I learned about the Antarctica Treaty, which 54 countries are a part of, states that it’s primary purpose is β€œto ensure in the interests of all mankind that Antarctica shall continue forever to be used exclusively for peaceful purposes and shall not become the scene or object of international discord." scar.org/policy/antarctic…
Several years ago there was somehow a common cold outbreak at a research base in Antarctica after 17 weeks of complete isolation. No cause was found. ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/arti…
Today I learned of Sir Rannulph Fiennes; oldest British person to summit Everest, first person to cross Antarctica on foot, completed the Transglobe Expedition, completed 7 marathons in 7 days 4 months after double heart bypass, cut off his own frostbitten fingers and was considered for the part of James Bond. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ran…
A South African man plans to tow an iceberg from Antarctica to provide drinking water to 4 million people. After facing droughts limiting water usage, the 125 million ton, 70 story tall iceberg would supply 20% of Cape Town’s water needs for a year. getpocket.com/explore/ite…
Antartica has a native insect species the Antarctic Midge, Belgica Antarctica. The species has been for around 30 million years and has adapted to surviving the cold, it is the technically the largest land animal on the contient and has the tiniest genome of any insect. smithsonianmag.com/smart-…
Antarctica was originally called Terra Australis, sometimes shortened to Australia, but in the 19th century the colonial authorities in Sydney took the name Australia, leaving Antarctica without a name for eighty years en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ant…
One of the first crimes recorded in Antarctica was at the USSR's Vostok Station, where one scientist attacked another with an ice axe after losing a game of chess. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cri…
Metallica was the first band to perform on all seven continents by performing live and un-amplified (to protect the environment) in Antarctica. rollingstone.com/music/mu…
Horses originated in North America and spread to every Afro Eurasia and South America, only to become extinct in North America where they originated from. They were then reintroduced back to North America by humans. They have been in every continent including Antarctica now. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Evo…
Lake Vostok, in Antarctica, is the 16th largest lake in the world. The lake water itself has been isolated upwards of 15 million years, sealed off by a sheet of ice. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lak…
A total solar eclipse will occur on December 4, 2021. This eclipse will be unusual as the path of the total eclipse will move from east to west across West Antarctica, while most eclipse paths move from west to east en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sol…
Today I learned about Dr. Rodney Marks, an Australian astrophysicist who died from methanol poisoning while working at the Amundsen–Scott South Pole Station in Antarctica. The cause of the fatal methanol poisoning has never been determined. Forty-nine other people were at the base at the time of Marks' death. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rod…
Today I learned about the man who cut out his own appendix. The only doctor an an expedition to Antarctica, there was only one man and a bottle of whisky for the job. bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-3…
If Antarctica were a country it would be the second largest in the world, significantly bigger than #3 Canada en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lis…
In 1996, a group of scientists claimed to have found evidence of microscopic fossils formed by Martian primitive life billions of years ago on a meteorite discovered in Antarctica. www2.jpl.nasa.gov/snc/nas…
The most obvious difference, the one seen at first glance, is that the Arctic Sea is surrounded by land, and the Antarctic is the land surrounded by sea. In other words, the Arctic is a region, a polar circle, while Antarctica is a continent. needforscience.com/geogra…
Antarctica once had Trees. earthmagazine.org/article…
Today I learned about the Antarctic Snow Cruiser. An impressive 1930's mobile research base that had a short lived, problem riddled expedition on Antarctica before it was abandoned at the start of WWII. Its current location is unknown. hagerty.com/media/automot…
Antarctica doesn't have any permanent citizens and has no indigenous population. Only 11 children are known to have been to be born there. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dem…
Ecuador (GDP per capita is 1/6 of US) and Peru (GDP per capita is 1/4 of US) both maintain active research stations in Antarctica. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Res…
Millions of years ago, antarctica used to be a temperate rainforest popularmechanics.com/scie…
Penguin poop will change Antarctica's ecosystem. Their nutrient rich poop can one day support plant and animals which currently can't survive in Antarctica. npr.org/2019/05/12/722095…
A scientist stationed in Antarctica managed to score a match through Tinder with a woman camping 45 minutes away. people.com/celebrity/tind…
Antartica looks like a one big continent. But with no ice, it would emerge as a giant peninsula and archipelago of mountainous islands, known as Lesser Antarctica or West Antarctica, and a single large landmass about the size of Australia, known as Greater Antarctica or East Antartica. nationalgeographic.org/en…
Crabeater seals, found around the coast of Antarctica, have arguably the most unusual tooth shape in existence. They don't eat crabs; the seals' diet is 90% Antarctic krill. Its krill-filtering teeth act like a type of sieve. As they drain seawater after a gulp, their teeth strain out the krill. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cra…
Antarctica was originally called Terra Australis until the nineteenth century, when the colonial authorities in Sydney removed the Dutch name from New Holland. Instead of inventing a new name to replace it, they took the name Australia from Antarctica leaving it nameless for eighty years. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ant…
The continent of Antarctica was discovered so recently in human history that the first undisputed landing of humans on Antarctica did not occur until 24 January, 1895. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joh…
Antarctica is the only continent on Earth,where dogs are banned. Being used as sled dogs for exploration up until 1992,they were banned from Antarctica over concerns that the dogs might transfer diseases to the seal population. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sle…
Belgica antarctica is a flightless midge that inhabits Antarctica yearround. Not only is the Antarctic midge the continent's largest terrestrial animal but it is also the only insect.The midge's larvae live for 2 years and mostly eat algae and microorganisms; adult midges live for about 10 days. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bel…
There is a large pipe embedded in the ice in Antarctica that allows you to see under the ice without getting wet. youtube.com/watch?v=u9aHl…
Antarctica's average temperature is 20 degrees C colder than the average temperature of the Arctic coolantarctica.com/Antarc…
Antarctica used to be covered in lush rainforests well adapted to months with no sunlight in the winter bbc.com/news/science-envi…
Anytime Fitness is the first franchised company to have locations on all 7 continents including Antarctica. observer.com/2019/01/anyt…
A dry climate is determined by precipitation levels. The climate of Antarctica is the coldest on Earth, but it is also extremely dry, it is technically a desert. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cli…
Antarctica is the only continent where dogs are banned. Being used as sled dogs for exploration until 1992, they were banned over concerns that they would transmit diseases to the seal population en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sle…
Nazi Germany had a territorial claim in Antarctica en.wikipedia.org/wiki/New…
Today I learned of Lake Chad in Antarctica, which was named for the brand of toilet paper researchers used after getting sick from drinking its water. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lak…
The English sparrow (Passer domesticus) is by far the most common bird in the world, and while there are no reliable estimates for today's population, the number estimated in 1943 was 150 billion. Sparrows can be found on all continents except Antarctica. smithsonianmag.com/scienc…
Today I learned of the actions of Bob Hawke and Michel Rocard. Because of them, Antarctica has been protected from all drilling and mining since 1991. This protection banned these practices for fifty years, establishing Antarctica as a "natural reserve, devoted to peace and science." smh.com.au/national/nsw/b…
The Russian borehole for Lake Vostok, a subglacial lake in Antarctica and the 6th biggest lake by volume in the world, has been treated and likely contaminated with 60 tons of Freon and kerosene to prevent it from closing. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lak…
The World's Largest Desert is Antarctica universetoday.com/27064/w…
In antartica, scientists recently found fossil fragments of 13 trees that are over 260 million years old, meaning that this forest was growing at the end of the Permian Period, before the first dinosaurs. At that time, Antarctica was still at the South pole oceanwide-expeditions.com…
The University of Wisconsin - Madison operates over half of the weather stations in Antarctica en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ant…
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. history.com/news/hitler-n…
All Australian doctors who plan to stay in Antarctica during the winter must have their appendix removed in case of an unexpected rupture. antarctica.gov.au/about-a…
There are active subglacial tidal lakes under the ice in Antarctica. youtu.be/UpAd9XNF3F0
Today I learned of the Blood Falls, a waterfall in Antarctica where the iron-rich water oxidizes upon contact with air, making a giant blood-red waterfall and staining the ice in the process. nationalgeographic.com/ne…
Antarctica is considered the largest desert in the world since the definition of a desert is simply a dry, barren region that recieves little to no precipitation en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Des…
Today I learned about the Antarctic Snow Cruiser, a massive 55 foot, 75,000lb land vehicle built by the United States for Antarctic exploration in the 1930s. It was abandoned in Antarctica, and is still either buried in snow or somewhere at the bottom of the ocean. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ant…
Today I learned of Ousland Borge from Norway, who in 1995 Attempted to cross the Antarctica alone on skis and had to abandon the trip due to frostbite. Undeterred, he returned the following year and successfully crossed 2845kms in 64 days alone, with a 178Kg Sledge and reaching 3400 meters above sea level. explorapoles.org/explorer…
Bouvet Island, 19 square miles, in the South Atlantic Ocean about 1,100 miles from Antarctica, is "recognized as the most remote island on Earth." cia.gov/library/publicati…
The the largest purely terrestrial animal native to Antarctica is Belgica antarctica, a 2-6 mm long wingless fly. It additionally holds the record for the smallest known insect genome. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bel…
Antarctica is the only continent without any trees. bas.ac.uk/about/antarctic…
Today I learned of the Southern Cross Expedition, which put the first humans on Antarctica in 1898. Led by an explorer with no scientific experience, the ten-man team spent the winter eating penguins, relaxing in an improvised sauna, and racing dogsleds en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sou…
There's a waterfall in Antarctica that looks like blood. The colour is caused by iron oxides. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blo…
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. theatlantic.com/internati…
The driest place on earth is McMurdo dry Valleys in Antarctica where it hasn't rained for 2 million years. Only anaerobic bacteria are able to survive in the extreme conditions. Scientists also consider the area terrestrially closest to Mars on earth. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/McM…
Today I learned about Air New Zealand flight 901, which provided sightseeing flyovers of Antarctica until it crashed into the side of Mount Erebus in November 1979. Most of the wreckage is still there, and can periodically be seen during warmer weather. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Air…
In 2014, Tinder made its first match on the continent of Antarctica. Not surprisingly, both parties involved were research scientists. thecut.com/2014/02/tinder…
Christian buildings are the only religious buildings on the continent of Antarctica. Although they are used mostly for Christian worship, the Chapel of the Snows has also been used for Buddhist and BahΓ‘'Γ­ ceremonies. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rel…
Antarctica used to be called Australia until modern-day Australia stole its name in 1824, which left the continent nameless until its current name was adopted in the 1890s. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ant…
Today I learned of the Antarctic Treaty of 1961 which recognizes no sovereign claim of Antarctica, prohibits mining, prohibits military activity & only allows scientific activity on the continent en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ant…
Today I learned about the Belgica Antarctica. The largest native land animal on Antarctica. It's a 6mm long flightless midge, that besides its discoverer has no link to Belgium at all. nature.com/articles/ncomm…
At the point in Antarctica that is the most distant from the Southern Ocean, there is a station covered by snow with a statue of Lenin on the roof, and a golden guest book to sign inside; one of the most challenging and coldest place to reach called the Southern Pole of inaccessibility en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pol…
Today I learned of Porquois Pas Island (French for "Why Not?") near Antarctica. It includes mile-high Mount Verne, named for Jules Verne, author of "20,000 Leagues Under the Sea". Other features on the island are named for characters in that book. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mou…
, accoding to the territorial claims of Antarctica, Australia is next to Norway and France. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ter…
In 1938, Adolf Hitler sent a secret expedition to Antarctica to hunt whales, which at that time was a cheaper way to produce oil and margarine. Liquified blubber from whales also served as a handy machine lubricant and proved useful in manufacturing the nitroglycerine needed for explosives. history.com/news/hitler-n…
A scientist stationed in Antarctica managed to score a date through Tinder with a girl camping just 45 minutes away. thecut.com/2014/02/tinder…
The cheapest and cleanest means of transport for scientists in the Antarctica is a tent on a sled powered by a giant Kite en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Win…
Rodney David Marks was an Australian astrophysicist who died from methanol poisoning while working in Antarctica. Authorities have been unable to determine if it was accidental or if it was deliberate and Antarctica's first homicide. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rod…
Today I learned about Dr. Rodney Marks, the only person to be murdered in Antarctica. Due to isolation and weather, it took 6 months to get a proper autopsy, which determined he was poisoned with methanol. Complex jurisdictional issues regarding Antarctica means it's likely his murder will never be solved. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rod…
Antarctica is as large as the USA and Mexico combined nasa.gov/mission_pages/ic…
In 2007 workers in Antarctica discovered several perfectly preserved crates of Scotch Whiskey left behind by Ernest Shackleton in 1909. nytimes.com/2011/07/24/ma…
Antarctica is the largest desert in the world. youtu.be/215ESu_YVMc
Today I learned of the Antarctic Snow Cruiser built in 1937 and designed for the United States Antarctic Service Expedition. However when they got the cruiser to Antarctica, the giant tread-less tires made using it virtually impossible and the machine was abandoned and buried still till today. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ant…
Metallica was the first band to perform on all seven continents by performing live and un-amplified (to protect the environment) in Antarctica. rollingstone.com/music/mu…
Antarctica has the 6th largest lake by volume in the world( Lake Vostok), and it is hidden under its ice sheet. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lak…
Japanese Prime Minister Ōkuma Shigenobu was an early advocate of Western science and culture in Japan, and founder of Waseda University. He also gathered support for Japan's first expedition to Antarctica en.wikipedia.org/wiki/%C5…
The southernmost church in the world, Chapel of Our Lady of the Snows in Antarctica, is carved out of pure ice churchpop.com/2015/12/30/…
Today I learned about New Swabia, an unrecognized Antarctic claim by Nazi Germany. The expedition to claim the land was supposed to find an area in Antarctica for a German whaling station and to scout possible locations for a Nazi naval base. Today, it is part of the Norwegian claim of Queen Maud Land. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/New…
A geophysics professor discovered that there is a river flowing uphill beneath an ice sheet in Antarctica. The location is in the Gamburtsev Mountains, an enormous range with valleys and peaks that are as big as the Alps. The enormous pressure from the ice sheet above it pushes the water uphill. ibtimes.co.in/can-river-f…
Argentina-bred sled dogs were once used in Antarctica but went extinct in the 1990's because the breed had lost the immunity against common dog diseases en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Arg…
In 1958 the Soviets reached one of the most remote places in Antarctica where they built a cabin. When they left they placed a bust of Lenin on top of the chimney facing in the direction of Moscow, which today is now the only thing standing above the snow stuff.co.nz/national/2016…
, other than Antarctica, for obvious reasons, Africa is the only continent to have never hosted the Olympic games. worldatlas.com/articles/w…
India Has 3 Research Stations in Antarctica en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bha…
Since all the longitude lines meet in Antarctica, the South Pole has no specific time zone. Many stations use the time of the country they are owned by, and many areas have no time zone since nothing is decided and there are not even any temporary settlements with any clocks. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tim…
A beach in Antarctica is named the Walgreen Coast, in honor of Walgreens pharmacy whose president sponsored Byrd's Antarctic expedition in 1933 geographic.org/geographic…
The word Antarctica comes from Greek and Latin infixes meaning "the opposite of a bear." uselessetymology.com/2018…
In 1979, a passenger jet with 257 people left New Zealand for a sightseeing flight to Antarctica. The pilots were unaware of the altered flight coordinates of 2 degrees. Sadly, the incorrect coordinates had placed them directly in the path of the active volcano Mount Erebus, killing everyone. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Air…
When the Blue Marble photograph was taken, from Apollo 17, it was flipped by NASA to place Antarctica at the bottom πŸ—ΊοΈ visibleearth.nasa.gov/vie…
If any crimes occur at the McMurdo station in Antarctica, the US attorney in the district of Hawaii handles the case asd.gsfc.nasa.gov/archive…
There is a Catholic church in Antarctica made entirely out of permanent ice built by Argentina in 1979. ucatholic.com/blog/the-ca…
A researcher in Antarctica got a date via Tinder with a woman who was at a field camp 45 minutes away businessinsider.com/tinde…
106-Year-Old Fresh Fruitcake Was Discovered In Antarctica That Looked Edible. Famous Antarctic explorer Robert Falcon Scott brought this fruitcake in Antarctica in 1910 during the famous Terra Nova expedition sciencetimes.com/articles…
Although Antarctica has no countries, it has 2 ATMs kottke.org/10/07/atms-in-…
There is a fully functioning town on Antarctica. It has a school for the local children, a church and a fully equipped gymnasium with a sauna. nytimes.com/2016/01/07/wo…
Metallica became the first band to play on all seven continents by holding a concert on Antarctica. However, they didn't play "Trapped under ice" setlist.fm/news/12-17/set…

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