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Okay, how BIG is Antarctica? Do you have a mental picture? No? Well, here it is, courtesy NASA.

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1640 days ago

Okay, how BIG is Antarctica? Do you have a mental picture? No? Well, here it is, courtesy NASA.

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chan2008x 1362 days ago

LoL Mikkospot >.< 1.Hes using it for a comparison not to show how big his balls are...And its BY NASA so...yeah; usa... 2. Wow, ur wrong. Its not an Australian Territory at all... There are claims from different countries; but non are actually offic

thanatoxin 1552 days ago

mikkospot, how much of an idiot are you?! 1. Australia has claim to A PORTION of Antarctica. It is NOT ALL CALLED Australian if Chile, Argentina, France, New Zealand, Norway, & the UK all have portions as well. 2. It's a friggin comparison! NO ONES TRYING

adavid 1628 days ago

Sounds like you needed apostrophes around teacher as well. Sad.

mikkospot 1630 days ago

Thankyou, but enough of that superimposed USA on Antarctica! It's Australian territory - correct name: Australian Antarctic Territory, which has been permanently occupied by Australia for about 100 years - so don't get any ideas! It's ours, and we're no

charltonb 1635 days ago

Most of the land is below sea level, due to the intense pressure of the ice covering it. Most of the mass seen is ice over land, only the sections covered by the US overlay of TX and partly by MT are ice shelves.

MelangellAK 1638 days ago

Wait - where the hey is Alaska? The discrepancy isn't nearly so much if you factor AK in.

vagabumming 1638 days ago

yes, there is land under much of that ice, however, as
boisvertfj states, the "size" of Antarctica grows dramatically at the end of the Austral winter when the sea ice is greatest

Monterret 1638 days ago

Je voulais dire à Germaine que j'ai perdu les clefs du camion... Dixit COLUCHE

_cave 1638 days ago

Yeah it won't hurt if global warming takes out 2%. I'm okay with that, as long as it's for a good cause.

jixel 1638 days ago

"i can see Tierra del Fuego (argentina), I have foreign policy experience"

Monterret 1638 days ago

It's very very big. Stuning! How small we are. And we would destroy this... Foolish! Thanks to awake us.

peirocker 1638 days ago

District of Columbia - CANADIAN AREAt
otal: 9,984,670 sq km
country comparison to the world: 8
land: 9,093,507 sq km
water: 891,163 sq km
Area - comparative:
somewhat larger than the US

peirocker 1638 days ago

District of Columbia - CANADIAN AREAt
otal: 9,984,670 sq km
country comparison to the world: 8
land: 9,093,507 sq km
water: 891,163 sq km
Area - comparative:
somewhat larger than the US

peirocker 1638 days ago

I would beg to differ considering your own CIA posts this in it's factbook
USA AREA
total: 9,826,675 sq km
country comparison to the world: 9
land: 9,161,966 sq km
water: 664,709 sq km
note: includes only the 50 states and District o

FLOW828 1638 days ago

that's quite a visual

JesPrivee 1638 days ago

is that Ice mass or LAND mass?

danfoxdavies 1638 days ago

the rate of ice melting is pretty darned fast actually. The shelves alone cover areas the size of small to medium states, and the ice over land is (on average - some years it does thicken again a tiny bit) getting thinner by the year.

euaneggs 1638 days ago

As an American i only now how big America is. Where is Antarctica is that in Europe? *sarcasm*

skopp888 1638 days ago

hmmm so it basically will fit into almost the top half of Africa?

skiquel 1638 days ago

Sweet, its larger than USA and it's all made of ice cream. The #1 music hit there since the 90's has been "Ice Cap Zone" from Sonic 3.