The North Pole and South Pole seem to look similar, both land at the end of Planet Earth which is dominated by ice, is vast and monotonous. However, the North Pole and South Pole have fundamental differences.
The area covered by ice at the north pole (arctic) covering an area of 5.4 million square miles is actually a frozen ocean surrounded by land which is often called the Arctic Circle. Meanwhile, the South Pole (Antarctica) is a 6 million square mile mountainous land and lake covered with ice, and surrounded by oceans.
The Arctic ice thickness varies from a few inches to 2 meters. It’s quite ‘thin’ which often creates cracks in the ice, especially during the summer. In contrast, 99% of the South Pole is covered with ice and glaciers up to 4,700 meters high. This is the continent that holds 85% of the eternal ice on earth. If melted, all of Antarctica’s ice is sufficient to meet three-quarters of the world’s drinking water needs. The Arctic is the only place polar bears are found naturally. Meanwhile, at the South Pole, is the only place penguins are found naturally. These two animals live and rule in their respective territories. … Read More