When the Snow Doesn’t Fall
Fun fact: Antarctica is classified as a desert. You might be thinking, “How can that be? Antarctica is riddled with snow!” But, according to this Reddit post, sand and temperature are not requirements for a landscape to be considered a desert. Both are irrelevant. However, the determining factor is actually precipitation or lack thereof.
Consider our collective mind boggled. The common misconception that deserts can only be hot and sand-laden is pervasive throughout the human race. And yet, here is Antarctica – getting very little snowfall and, well, existing. The annual amount of precipitation of any kind in the Antarctica falls under 51mm or two inches. Two inches!