Antarctica is the sixth continent, but it’s a continent that you can define as the heart of Earth. The world’s main marine current is the circumpolar Antarctic current that moves from west to east around Antarctica. It appeared 13 million years ago and it has frozen a continent that was green in the past.
Is there a deeper explanation?
Antarctica is important. The huge frozen landmass at the bottom of our planet is more than just spectacular icing on the globe. It could be vital for our survival too. The Antarctic ice deflects some of the sun’s rays away from the Earth, keeping temperatures liveable.