The Adventures And Life In AntarcticaBy Toby Tunwase
The mention of Antarctica doesn’t seem to strike a chord with most people. There’s a general belief that life doesn’t exist on the continent. Unfortunately, as early as middle school, most people miss out on the truth of life on the southern end of the planet.
While it’s true that Antarctica is unlike any normal continent on Earth, there’s still a great deal of adventure in the South Pole. The continent is the coldest on Earth, with an average temperature of -56℉. That’s about twice as cold as your home freezer can get. Yet, this doesn’t rule out normalcy in Antarctica.
Between November and February, Antarctica is safe and warm enough to live in. In fact, every year, almost 40,000 people visit the continental glaciers of Antarctica. Even though there are no native inhabitants who stay all year round, several children have been born on the continent.
The wildlife in Antarctica is quite rare and appealing. Penguins, foxes, whales, seals, and bird species are some of the many natural gifts to behold. The continent also boasts abundant bodies of water. Just beyond icy mountains are ice sheets, glaciers, and salty lakes. Beneath Antarctica’s icy waters is an enigmatic freshwater lake.
Antarctica is home to the 1200-kilometer wide Gamburtsev Mountain range. Surprisingly still, the continent balances being a polar desert with having an active volcano. Given all these attractions, it shouldn’t be strange that Antarctica accommodates researchers from over 80 countries of the world. If anything is settled, it is that there’s a whole lot of adventure and life to witness in Antarctica.