This is our globe. And down here south in white, you can see the seventh continent Antarctica. What the map does not show is how frigid and vast the area exactly is. Another thing you might not notice from the map is the quantity of discoveries that are taking place in this cold and secluded region of our planet.Despite the difficult conditions, scientists are hard at work in Antarctica, and many of the discoveries they have made recently are scary.
In this video, we present you the most disturbing new discoveries made beneath the ice of Antarctica. To fully acknowledge these scientific discoveries, some knowledge about the cold continent Antarctica is essential.The continent of Antarctica comprises the majority of the Antarctic area and is the fifth largest continent in terms of landmass with an area of 14 million square kilometers or 5,5 million square miles.
This means that Antarctica is nearly twice the size of Australia and larger than Europe. And, despite being called a continent, Antarctica lacks a single country.However several countries have claimed sovereignty over certain parts of the ice cold continent. Those Countries are Australia, New Zealand, Norway, the UK, Chile, Argentina and France. While some of these countries have mutually recognized one other’s claims, the validity of the claims is not universally recognized and new claims of the icy continent have been suspended since 1959.Antarctica, as you probably know, is the home to huge masses of ice. It is dominated by the Antarctic ice sheet, the world’s largest single solid block of ice.Surprisingly, the surface area of the ice increases dramatically from roughly 3 million square kilometers or 1.2 million square miles to 19 million square kilometers or 7.3 million square miles during the winter.
But What if Antarctica didn’t have any ice at all? How would the continent look like? Without ice, Antarctica would form a massive peninsula and archipelago of mountainous islands known as Lesser Antarctica, as well as a single enormous continent around the size of Australia known as Greater Antarctica.
The geology of these areas varies.