Strange And Mysterious Facts About Antarctica

History says that the first person to reach the South Pole was Roald Amundsen, a Norwegian explorer, who planted the Norwegian flag there in December 1911. He beat the Brits by only about a week.

But did someone or something beat him to it?

Cool Interesting Stuff

Quite a few sea creatures which live in Antarctica have natural antifreeze in their bodies, to prevent them from freezing solid.

The coldest temperature ever recorded on earth was in Antarctica, on a Russian station. It was July 21, 1983, when folks woke up to a frosty -89.2C.

The strongest winds on Antarctica, called katabatic, can reach speeds of up to 320km/hr.

There are about 400 lakes hidden underneath Antarctica’s ice shelves, the largest of which is called Lake Vostok

In the geographical center of Antarctica stands a bust of Lenin.

In 2001, Travis McHenry, an American claimed huge chunk of previously unclaimed Antarctican peninsula as his own nation through a supposed loophole in the Antarctic Treaty

There is no time zone in Antarctica, making it the only continent in the world without a time zone. This is where geographical South Pole meets with longitudes of the Earth and hence, any time zone of the world can be used.

40 million years – that’s the time for which the ice sheet of Antarctica has been in existence, continuously!

Mysterious Stuff

Scientists believe a massive object that could change our understanding of history is hidden beneath the Antarctic ice.

The huge and mysterious “anomaly” is thought to be lurking beneath the frozen wasteland of an area called Wilkes Land. The area is 151 miles across and has a minimum depth of about 2,700 feet.

A FORMER US naval officer has shockingly claimed to have seen the entrance to a secret alien base and UFOs while on duty in the Antarctic.

And on the internet today…..

NUCLEAR weapons have been secretly launched from Antarctica and detonated in our atmosphere by scientists intent on controlling the Earth’s weather so they can tap into its untold natural resources, according to a shock new documentary

In early August 1963, a nuclear weapons launch was detected at the South Pole, but there was no fallout – meaning the explosion must have occurred in space.

The blast was initially denied by the American government and military sources, only to be confirmed at a later date.

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