What do we really know about Antarctica?

Antarctica is the fifth-largest continent that the world has to offer and as we all know by now, more than 70% of the world’s freshwater resides here. But, despite this there is very little information known about the Frozen Continent, to begin with.

Antarctica is mainly left unexplored by the experts, thanks to the extreme environmental conditions which hinder any research crew’s attempts of uncovering its mysteries.

What we do know is that we came across it back in 1513 and that the Ottomans were the ones to first look upon it. The Piri Reis map proves this altogether. The Piri Reis map was discovered right after Columbus discovered America, but it clearly is way older than that, to say the least.

It actually dates sometime around 355-323 BC and it shows Antarctica not as a frozen landscape but as a green fauna-filled jungle.

Dr. John Weihaupt believed in this theory so much that he actually went to get samples from the frozen spectacle that is Antarctica only to discover signs of warm tundra that would clearly facilitate plant growth over 12 million years ago.

This is how this was originally proven, but we find more and more proof to back it to under the form of dozens if not hundreds of structures that all date back to 12 million years ago or even farther back.

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