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How Much Do You Know About Antarctica?

Antarctica is a place that is astounding in many ways, yet most people have some preconceived notions about the continent that are often quite different than the facts. A large part of this is that Antarctica is so far removed from the daily lives of most of us that we seldom take the time to even think about it. Very few people have ever been there and that isn’t likely to change a great deal in the future. In an effort to try to foster a bit of interest in the southern-most continent, this quiz comes into being. How much do you know about Antarctica?

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    True or False: Most of Antarctica is a desert.

    • True
    • False
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    Approximately how big is Antarctica?

    • A little larger than Australia
    • It is the largest continent
    • Larger than Africa but smaller than Asia.
    • Over half the size of North America and larger than Europe.
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    What is the average depth of ice in Antarctica?

    • Less than 1,000 feet because the ice has been melting due to global warming.
    • Over a mile; about 7,000 feet thick.
    • Over a half mile; about 2,700 feet.
    • There is only ice in Antarctica during the winter.
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    What is the average temperature of Antarctica?

    • About 40 F/4 C
    • About freezing; 32 F/0 C
    • Less than -50 F/-46 C
    • Counting both summer and winter, about 50 F/ 10 C
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    True or False: There is at least one lake in Antarctica that stays liquid.

    • True
    • False
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    How tall is the tallest mountain in Antarctica?

    • There are no mountains in Antarctica.
    • About 1,000 feet/300 meters
    • Over 16,000 feet/4,900 meters.
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    The ice in Antarctica accounts for what percentage of the earth’s fresh water?

    • 10%
    • 45%
    • 70%
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    When did the first man officially step foot on Antarctica?

    • 1950
    • 1895
    • 1497
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    True or False: The population of polar bears in Antarctica is increasing.

    • True
    • False
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    True or False: There are schools and churches in Antarctica.

    • True
    • False

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