Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Have you ever looked at a world map and really looked at the size of Antarctica? I mean, that thing stretches almost all the way across. Apparently it's only the fifth largest continent, so its' length is a little misleading, but it's almost twice the size of Australia. Antarctica is considered a desert, wait what? Yeah.

Antarctica doesn't have any permanent residents, but the amount of people there for research purposes ranges anywhere from 1000 to 5000 at any given moment. There is even a church there. A CHURCH. The church is ran by one or two priests at a time, that rotate. Can you imagine that? "Later honey, I will be back in six months, the polar bears need religion."

There are even people who have been born there. That shit never even crossed my mind.

Who owns Antarctica? Surely no one, right? WRONG. Well sort of. There are several countries who own territories there; the United Kingdom, New Zealand, France, Norway, Australia, Chile, and Argentina. Not to mention other countries signed a treaty back in the day stating their interest in owning territories there, but don't actually own any, they are Brazil, Peru, Russia, South Africa, and the United States. WHAT THE SHIT. Does South America know something that we don't?

There's even a treaty preventing these countries from putting military operations there. Woah.

Antarctica has got a lot going on.

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