- Created by: hettie.gosss
- Created on: 17-06-19 11:33
- Physical Climate
- Described as a polar desert, with average temperatures of around -50* but it can reach as low as -90* in some parts.
- Katabatic Winds form from cold air masses descending onto the ice cap and spreading along the ground. Sheet-like rivers of air and snow.
- Some coastal areas have micro-climatic and topographic conditions which cause melting during the summer - allow land to remain free of glaciers.
- High Mountain peaks called nunataks are small areas of rock emerging above the ice sheets. High winds and steep slopes prevent snow and ice from accumulating.
- Average wind speed is 50 mph however it can reach 200 mph.
- Thick ice sheets are not the result of heavy snowfall, but the accumulation of small inputs of snow and frost.