04 May 2009

Antarctica - land of hope and glory

From the collection of Urrbrae House, Glen Osmond, South Australia we learn about the 'land of hope and glory'.

Antarctica is the coldest and most desolate place on Earth, a continent twice as big as Australia, with the South Pole in the centre. Imagine being in a place where the sun never rises in winter - it is dark for six months of the year, with blizzards and freezing winds that blow at over 100km/h. The temperature can drop to an incredibly cold 89 degrees below zero! In summer it doesn’t get much warmer, but the sun stays in the sky for the entire six months. This means the Antarctic summer is one long continuous day.

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