Climate of Antarctica

Posted by on Sunday, February 12, 2017

Antarctica is the coldest continent on earth, and has a climate of extremes. The continent is snow- and ice-covered, with freezing temperatures all year round.

Winds can cause violent snowstorms that can last for days, and sometimes even weeks, making it very dangerous to stay outside.

The Antarctic interior is a cold, windy and dry desert whose snowfall is equivalent to less than 50 mm of rain per year. Antarctica is the driest desert on earth. Antarctica is also the windiest place on earth.

Antarctica has no trees or bushes at all, vegetation is limited to about 350 species of mostly lichens, mosses, and algae. There are lush beds of such vegetation in some parts of the Antarctic Peninsula.



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