10 Amazing Facts About ANTARCTICA

10 Amazing Facts About ANTARCTICA

Antarctica is known as the 7th continent and is the least inhabited land mass on earth. Not to mention that it’s technically the world’s largest desert. There’s simply no other place like it on the planet. These are 10 shocking facts about Antarctica.

10: Health Checks in Antarctica

There’s a persistent rumor that anyone who goes to work and live on Antarctica must have both their appendix and wisdom teeth removed. This is actually not true. However, what every polar visitor must have is a full medical checkup. That is because all the stations on Antarctica do have medical facilities but not for complex surgery. So, it is true that if you are in need of root canal work or have a dodgy appendix, you probably want those removed before leaving for the White continent. By the way, Australia does actually insist that it’s doctors who go to Antarctica have their appendix removed before going there.

9: Village of Stars

Antarctica is administered by 12 different countries namely Argentina, Australia, Belgium, Chile, France, Japan, New Zealand, Norway, Russia, South Africa, the United Kingdom and the United States. Who between them run 50 stations on the continent? Yet there’s only one proper civilian village on Antarctica. It is comprised of about 100 inhabitants in with its own school, post office, internet, and cell phone coverage. Any guesses as to which country belongs to, its Chile. The village is called “Villa Las Estrellas” or Village of Stars.

8: Endless Time in Antarctica

Antarctica has no time zone, that’s because the continent is positioned in a way that it straddles all 24 of the world’s time zones. Bases and stations on the vast continent either keep time according to their home territory or even according to the supply line that feeds them. Technically the South Pole should operate in Greenwich Meridian Time or GMT but a person can literally walk through all of the world’s time zones in a matter of seconds. Therefore, time is not an issue on Antarctica.

7: No Dogs Allowed

Slides pulled by husky dogs were an integral part of the first expeditions into Antarctica at the start of the 20th century. The expedition of Norway’s role, the first man to reach the South Pole in 1911 was entirely thanks to sleds and huskies. However, an environmental protocol was introduced in the 1980s to protect Antarctica’s wildlife, in which it banned all non-native species from Antarctica. Of course, humans are excluded from this band. That’s why huskies’ so synonymous with the polar region have been banned in Antarctica since 1994.

6: A Tinder Hook-Up in Antarctica

In December, 2013 an American scientist at the US McMurdo base station in Antarctica decided to log on to the dating app Tinder just for the hell of it. He wanted to see if there was any woman who might be on Tinder in the most remote of places. To his utter amazement, he found that he had a match with the female researcher who happened to be a 45-minute helicopter ride away. They did meet up, although she had to leave Antarctica the next day. Tinder confirmed that it was probably the first ever hook up on Antarctica.

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