ABOUT ANTARCTICA


  • Antarctica is larger than Europe and twice as big as Australia, but only 2% is ice-free
  • It’s the world’s driest continent, with an annual snowfall equating to just 200 millimeters of water. That’s even less than the annual rainfall of the world’s hot deserts!
  • The entire continent of Antarctica has just one ATM
  • The coldest temperature ever recorded on earth was in Antarctica: -89.6°C at Vostok station in July 1983
  • Antarctica holds 70% of the planet’s fresh water and 90% of the planet’s freshwater ice. The average ice sheet is a whopping 1.4 kilometres thick!
  • Antarctica is the only continent which doesn’t have its own endemic species of ant
  • During winter the pack-ice zone in the Southern Ocean almost doubles in size, extending to between 19 and 22 million square kilometres
  • Australia has three permanent bases in the wilderness: Mawson (1954), Davis (1957) and Casey (1969). Don’t forget to give them a wave if we fly over!
Map of Antarctica