Antarctica is the largest desert in the world.
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Antarctica is the coldest, windiest, highest and driest continent on Earth.
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The coldest place on Earth is a high ridge in Antarctica where temperatures can dip below -133°F (-93.2°C).
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The highest temperature ever recorded in Antarctica is 58.2°F (14.5°C).
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90%
of the world's fresh water is in Antarctica.
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Although myths and speculation about a Terra Australis ("Southern Land") date back to antiquity, Antarctica was only first sighted in 1820 by a Russian expedition.
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Some parts of Antarctica have had no rain or snow for the last 2 million years.
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Antarctica is about 1.3 times as large as Europe.
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Antarctica is the only
continent without reptiles.
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Ice melting in Antarctica has caused a small shift in gravity in the region.
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You cannot work in Antarctica unless your wisdom teeth and appendix are removed.
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Chile has a civilian town in Antarctica, complete with a school, hospital, hostel, post office, Internet, TV and mobile phone coverage.
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Antarctica is the only continent without a time zone.
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The ice sheet of Antarctica has been in existence for at least 40 million years.
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There's a treaty signed by 38 countries that prohibits military activities, mineral mining, nuclear explosions and nuclear waste disposal in Antarctica.
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There are 300 lakes beneath Antarctica that are kept from freezing by the warmth of Earth's core.
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Husky dogs have been banned from Antarctica since 1994.
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The southernmost active volcano on Earth is in Antarctica. It spews crystals and is very close to the U.S. Research Center.
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Antarctica was once as warm as modern-day California.
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There are at least seven Christian churches in Antarctica.
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A scientist in Antarctica got a date through Tinder with a girl camping just 45 minutes away.
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Ants have colonised almost every landmass on Earth except for Antarctica and a few remote or inhospitable islands.
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Most of Antarctica is covered in ice: less than 1% is permanently ice-free.
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Australia claims to own the largest territory in Antarctica: 5.8 million sq km (2.2 million sq mi).
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The largest iceberg ever measured is bigger than Jamaica: 11,000 sq km (4,200 sq mi). It broke away from Antarctica in 2000.
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In 1977, Argentina sent a pregnant mother to Antarctica in an effort to claim a portion of the continent. The boy became the first human known to be born in Antarctica.
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The average thickness of ice in Antarctica is about 1 mile (1.6 km) .
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Winds in some places of Antarctica can reach 200 mph (320 km/h).
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Antarctica is almost 1.5 times the size of the U.S.
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90%
of all meteorites ever found have come from Antarctica.
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The World's Oldest Sperm was discovered in Antarctica: 50-million-year-old sperm cells from a worm.
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There are Victoria's Secret models from every continent except Antarctica.
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There is just one insect native to Antarctica, the Belgica Antarctica.
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There is a waterfall in Antarctica that runs red as blood.
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There are no polar bears in Antarctica,
only in the Arctic‎.
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Antarctica has only one ATM.
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Argentina claims 965,597 km2 (372,819 sq mi) in Antarctica, where it has the world's oldest continuous state presence, since 1904.
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Antarctica was once covered in rich green forests and inhabited by dinosaurs, during one of Earth's warmest cycles.
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The hole in the ozone layer over Antarctica is twice the size of Europe.
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No sitting U.S. president has visited Antarctica.
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Every year, a half marathon, marathon and a 100K run take place in Antarctica despite an average windchill temperature of -20°C.
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The largest volcanic region on Earth is two kilometres below the surface of the vast ice sheet that covers west Antarctica, where at least 136 volcanoes are located.
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There are more than 40 airports in Antarctica.
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