Antarctica is the southernmost continent on Earth, a place that contains the geographic South Pole. Situated in the Antarctic region of the Southern Hemisphere, it measures 14 million square kilometers, making it the fifth largest continent after Asia, Africa, North America, and South America. This giant icy continent gets its name from the romanized version of the Greek word ‘antarktike’ which quite literally means ‘opposite to the north’.
Today, we’ll find out more about Antarctica and what it means for our world, the climate, and how much of an impact it has on humanity. Long story short, here are ten interesting facts about Antarctica most of you probably didn’t know.
9It’s where the Krill lives
During the feeding season, a full grown blue whale eats approximately 4 million krill per day. Krill are small, shrimp-like creatures that live in the world’s oceans. For some reason, there is a huge population of krill living in the waters of Antarctica. Like we said, a blue whale eats 4 tons of krill every day for 6 months. This daily intake would feed a human for about 4 years (If krill was nice people food).