Is the coldest and dryest continent having area of around 9,008,500 sq km. Virtually no part of human population lives here, there are just about 1000-2000 odd population.
Countries in AntarticaThere are no countries over here.
Ten Facts about Antartica
- Antarctica is considered to be part of the theoretical super-continent known as Gondwanaland, which separated near the end of the Paleozoic era and consisted of South America, Africa and Australia.
- The continent of Antarctica was practically untouched by human activities until the end of the nineteenth century.
- Antarctica has no permanent residents, but a number of governments maintain permanent research stations on the continent.
- Antarctica is a land of extremes: it is the coldest and driest continent on Earth and has the highest average elevation of any continent.
- Millions of years ago, Antarctica was warmer and wetter, and supported the Antarctic flora, including forests of podocarps and southern beech.
- All birds in Antarctica are web-footed, except the Antarctic pigeon, and migrate to the north in early autumn.
- Antarctica also is the highest continent on earth, with an average elevation of 7,380 feet.
- Antarctica is home to more than 70 lakes that lie thousands of metres under the surface of the continental ice sheet.
- Antarctica is known as the world's largest desert because it receives an average of 2" of snow per year in the interior.
- The highest temperature ever recorded in Antarctica was 14.6 C (58.3 F) in Hope Bay.