It’s cold right now, there’s no denying that. Rushing home after work and school to get inside our cosy warm homes is the highlight of these winter days. Thankfully, most homes in the UK have central heating, meaning we never have to suffer the extremes of freezing temperatures. To check your boiler is in tip top condition this winter, think about Boiler Installation Gloucester. Gloucester boilers can be fitted by HPR Services. Spare a thought for those who venture to some of the coldest places on earth – like Antarctica.
Here are some fascinating facts about the coldest place on earth to make you appreciate your heating just that little bit more:
- The coldest temperature ever recorded on the planet was at Vostok Research Station in Antarctica. -89.2 degrees Celsius was the staggeringly cold temperature recorded on 21st July 1983.
- You might not know it, but Antarctica is one of the windiest places in the world too, just making that wind chill feel even colder! Wind speeds can reach to 200 mph.
- The ice sheet of the Antarctic is the biggest ice mass anywhere on the planet.
- You might think that the whole area is covered in ice and you’d be mostly right. There is only a tiny 1% that is not ice-covered, but the rest of the land is.
- With all that ice comes a great deal of water. Antarctica contains around 70% of the earth’s fresh water and almost all of it’s freshwater ice.
- There’s a whole lot of ice – in fact, the average depth of that ice is about one mile thick.
- Antarctica is huge. Including its main land mass, islands and floating ice sheets, Antarctica is about one and a half times bigger than the United States.
- There is a mountain range there that cannot be seen. The Gamburtsev Mountains stretch for 750 miles and rise to 9,000 feet but are completely covered by thick ice 16,000 feet high so remain invisible.
- Antarctica has its own version of the Grand Canyon buried under the ice. It was discovered during a 2009 expedition and is approximately 6 miles across, one mile deep and at least 62 miles long.
- Antarctica has one of the longest mountain ranges found anywhere on earth which splits the continent in two. The Transantarctic Mountains cut the continent in half into eastern and western sections and run for over 2,000 miles.
- The very existence of the continent was not known until as late as 1820. It was then a further 20 years before it was confirmed as a continent and not just a group of islands.
- The first human to reach the South Pole was Roald Amundsen, a Norwegian explorer. He got there in 1911, just beating English explorer Robert Falcon Scott.
- The entire continent has been reserved for peaceful research only after a treaty was signed in 1959 and has since been signed by 48 countries.