16 Facts About Antarctica That Will Make You Say, "Whaaat?!"
In fact, contrary to popular belief, the Antarctic Polar Desert is actually the world's largest desert, not the Sahara.
Even on the warmest days in central Antarctica, temperatures reach an average of only -22°F. Toasty!
Contrary to ~typical~ deserts, Antarctica actually experiences a period of perpetual darkness in the winter!
Oppositely, in the summer months, Antarctica experiences a period of perpetual light, receiving more direct sunlight than the Sahara desert during that time period!
While a ~typical~ desert is covered in golden sand, Antarctica is covered in ice 1.5+ miles thick!
Antarctica technically has a residential population of zero, while the Sahara desert is home to approximately 2.5 million people.
The land of ice is home to the world's southernmost active volcano, Mount Erebus.
So before you assume all deserts look like this...
...remember the mother of all deserts actually looks like this!
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