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Common myths about Antarctica

The Wonderful World of Antarctica

Antarctica's unique world, where there are no time zones, at the same time allows you to live in all time zones.

But more often in polar hours summed up food delivery time and equipment from the mainland.

Because of their perceived position Antarcticaby many as the coldest place on Earth. In fact, there is not so cold, especially closer to the coast. For the central regions of Antarctica the temperature is more severe, so scientists can see the Vostok Station on the thermometer minus 90 degrees. At Mirny station, which is located closer to the sea, the weather is no different from the winter in the south of Siberia.

Another misconception is the statement exceeded the maximum index of ultraviolet radiation in Antarctica. It really is close to the maximum, but in the highlands of the planet and at the equator, the sun could be even more active even in cloudy weather.

Admiring nature of Antarctica people think that here most of the time was dominated by the polar night. The most prolonged period of darkness is the 22nd of June. However, if do not expect the complete absence of light. It happens time on the mainland, which makes some explorers to draw an analogy with the St. Petersburg white nights. Bright moon rises and the ice of Antarctica visible to the horizon.

The harsh climate of Antarctica do not lowtemperature, lack of light and the activity of the sun, and a completely different natural elements. The most significant factor influencing the weather in Antarctica is a strong wind. It blows almost all year round, cooling the air so that the minus 10 begin to be perceived as minus 30 degrees. Due to the strong eddy currents earth literally begins to vibrate. While in the room, you can feel the trembling walls.

The sharp fluctuations of atmospheric pressure will not leave a chance to the peaceful existence of all people with cardiovascular disease and meteodependent. therefore headaches and migraines scientists in Antarctica are not uncommon. If the moisture content in the center of the continent is stable, in coastal areas, it is also changeable by adding sub-zero temperatures a few extra degrees.

One of the features of Antarctica is unique gas composition of the atmosphereReminiscent of the air in mountain regions, in spite ofa slight elevation above the sea level. Air sparseness is not felt, but the human body responds identically to its shortage. Increased fatigue, bouts of breathlessness and suffocation night, and double vision - all of this is against a background of normal atmospheric pressure. Adapting to a "mountain" of the disease in conjunction with the heavy load on the heart does not occur soon. Therefore, the low temperature in Antarctica - it's the last thing that should reflect all those who are going to conquer the ice continent.

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