No ice, no rain, no life …are things that can surprise you when visiting the valley in Antarctica, the land comes from Mars.
Referring to dry valley, many people often think of hot, low humidity with high heat. However, McMurdo is a cold, harsh land, because it is located in Antarctica, the continent has very low temperatures on Earth. With an area of no less than 4,800 km2, there are 3 main valleys (oases), including Taylor, Victoria and Wright. Photo: Oceanwide Expeditions.
Researchers found that the driest place on Earth was not Sahara (Africa) or Atacama (South America). While the Atacama desert poured rain once in 10 years, McMurdo Valley had not dropped a single drop of water for 2 million years. The level of wind in the valley reaches a speed of 320 km / h, the strongest on Earth. This has caused the humidity here to be low, ice and snow have not appeared for 8 million years. Photo: The Earth Story.
The similarity between terrain and nature in dry valley with Mars surface has allowed NASA to conduct experiments. It became the perfect place to test the high slope ability of Viking spacecraft. Surprisingly, the McMurdo dry valley also has several lakes and rivers. However, unlike what we often see, water in this area is isolated under the ice. Photo: Nature Wonders.
The longest Onyx river in Antarctica flows through the 32km McMurdo valley. Life on the planet is everywhere, from a depth of 3 km of the Earth’s crust, to the bottom of the Mariana ocean trench to the Everest ice mountain. However, life does not appear here. Photo: Antarctic.
This land is said to be the most exotic place in the Earth because no creature or plant can live except angelito bacteria. According to scientists, this bacterium is likely to exist even in space. Photo: Zhiznteatr.
The other enchanting beauty of this untouched valley comes from snow-covered rocks of sandy brown on the surface of the terrain. The mystery makes you think like stepping into another planet. At this point, you can visit the Taylor Valley, one of the attractions of Antarctica, highlighting with strange bloodfalls. Photo: Hikmah.
The name of the blood cascade comes from the phenomenon of red water flowing from the glacier. Because the salinity exceeds 4 times the ocean, the water does not freeze. The color of water is also altered by high iron oxide content and the activity of anaerobic bacteria that resides in lakes and sources of streams. Photo: El Siglo de Torreón.
Not easy for you to travel dry McMurdo valley. This self-sufficiency is not recommended. Instead, you will have to follow the tour. Minimum price for 12-day tour to Antarctica to visit the dry valley of about 5,000 USD. Most cruises depart from Ushuaia, the port city in southern Argentina. Photo: LiveJournal.