Why is it so seldom even talked about in geography courses at school though? Hell, I've gone through every school atlas and most of them don't even acknowledge its existence. They don't even show it on the world map.
WHY? Damnit this sucks, I love Antarctica and I wanna learn more about it!
Yeah, yeah, I know that humans don't generally go there, for obvious reasons, and there are no permanent human inhabitants, but IMO that makes it all the more interesting and fascinating and intriguing place.
The only place on Earth that remains largely untouched by the taint of humans.. i love it
I have some pictures though:
That's the largest settlement in Antarctica, the McMurdo Station.
Here's a scene from the East Antarctic Plateau, the coldest and most barren region on Earth. Nothing lives there, not on the surface. Not even bacteria or other microscopic life. It is the most inhospitable place in the world. If you were to go there, you'd probably get a nosebleed, a massive headache, unable to keep your eyes open for very long, and experience other bad symptoms from the complete lack of moisture in the air, the high altitude (an average 9000 feet in elevation), and the high wind speed. I also read that the ionization in the air is a lot higher, and the 24/7 day / night and insane cold would fuck with you if that other stuff doesn't.
Antarctica surely has a lot of untapped natural resources. Back when Pangaea was still around, Antarctica would have been filled with forests and jungles. I bet there's a gigantic oil reserve, one of the largest the world's ever seen, under all that ice. And speaking of the ice, it's interesting to note that Antarctica is probably a lot bigger than it appears because with all that ice on it, it pushes the continent down. Back when it would have been further north and have less ice / glaciers, it surely would have been bigger.
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