Midnight Sun Colours the Antarctic

Midnight Sun Colours the Antarctic

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Credit: Stephen & Donna O'Meara/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: Midnight sun colours the Antarctic ice golden tones that resemble butter popcorn, Mcmurdo Ice Shelf. February 22, 2009. Antarctica is the driest, windiest, coldest place on Earth. The area south of the Antarctic circle encompasses Antarctica. Only cold-adapted flora and fauna survive in Antarctica. The entire continent is covered with a thick layer of ice. But underneath it is volcanically hot and active. Because of the extreme southerly latitude there are long periods of daylight then darkness. A sunset like this one can last 4-5 hours. The ice is hundreds and even thousands of feet thick in places covering Antarctica. The McMurdo ice shelf is growing and has been intact the last five years.

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Keywords: antarctic voyage, antarctica, cold, extreme cold, extreme weather, ice, mcmurdo ice shelf, mcmurdo scientific base, mcmurdo sound, midnight sun, polar ice, polar weather, russian ice breaker, snow, trans antarctic mountains

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