One of the most elusive and interesting travel destinations of all time happens to be the North Pole. But, what is it about the North Pole that intrigues all of us? Well, it could be the fact that it’s so cold and that not that many been have had the pleasure of exploring through it. As such an untouched area of the planet it has gained quite an interesting reputation. However, we can bet that there are a ton of misconceptions about the North Pole that you actually believe! Here are 20 of the most intriguing mysteries about The North Pole that will actually surprise you.
20. No Penguins
Contrary to popular belief, you won’t find any penguins hanging out in the North Pole. While penguins do flock to colder temperatures, the land and environment in the North Pole is too unstable for them to live there. However, don’t be too disappointed, there are other animals that you can find residing in the Northern Hemisphere.
19. The Aurora Borealis
One of the most beautiful sights in the Northern Hemisphere is the Aurora Borealis. But, have you ever wondered what exactly causes the night sky to light up with such beautiful colors? Well, according to earth sky.org, “When charged particles from the sun strike atoms in Earth’s atmosphere, they cause electrons in the atoms to move to a higher-energy state. When the electrons drop back to a lower energy state, they release a photon: light. This process creates the beautiful aurora, or northern lights.”
18. Unicorns Exist In The North Pole
Believe it or not, the North Pole happens to be the home for the real-life unicorn! Okay, we’re kind of joking, but if you take a look at this animal you really would think it’s the aquatic version of a unicorn. The narwhal is a whale that you can find swimming through the waters in the North Pole. The horn on their head is what helps them swim through iceberg rich areas.
17. Not A Continent
Did you know that the North Pole isn’t considered a continent? That’s right, and the reasoning behind it actually makes perfect sense. There is actually no land underneath the North Pole. The North Pole is a floating Arctic ice sheet that expands during the winter months and shrinks during the summer months.
This leads us to our next point that may actually surprise you…
16. Different Seasons
Everyone seems to be under the impression that the North Pole only ever experiences one season. However, the Northern Hemisphere has summers just like anywhere else. Still, the summers in the North Pole are substantially colder than anywhere else in the world. If you want to visit during the warmer months, we advise you to go between the months of April and October.
15. There Are 4 North Poles
When we talk about the North Pole, most of us just imagine one specific area. However, there are actually 4 distinct North Poles when you look at it from a geographical standpoint. The four points are The Terrestrial North Pole, The North Dip Pole, The Geomagnetic North Pole and of course, The North Pole in Fairbanks, Alaska.
14. The Terrestrial North Pole
According to discovermagazine.com, “the Terrestrial North Pole is actually a fixed spot–geographically speaking–that is exactly opposite the spot where the South Pole is situated, all the way on the south end of the globe.” In simple terms, the Terrestrial North Pole is basically the top of our planet.
13. The North Dip Pole
On the other hand, we have the North Dip Pole which happens to be where the planet’s magnetic field points downward. What makes the North Dip Pole so cool is that it isn’t stationary at all. So basically the earth’s magnetic field point is constantly in motion unlike the Terrestrial North Pole which is always at the top of our planet.
12. The Geomagnetic North Pole
Finally, we come to the third North Pole, the Geomagnetic North Pole. According to The Guardian, “the Geomagnetic North Pole is the northern end of the magnetic field that surrounds the Earth.” This area was actually discovered through the use of mathematical equations.
11. The North Pole Moved From Greenland To Canada
This one could sound a bit confusing, after all, did everyone on the North Pole just pick up and move over to Canada? Well, no, that’s not what happened at all. Since the locations aren’t stationary they actually moved over to Canada. Pretty cool, huh?
10. North Pole, Fairbanks, Alaska
The final location of the North Pole is actually in Fairbanks, Alaska. Fairbanks, Alaska, USA is the most populated of all the North Poles. It also has the most tourists coming through to check it out in comparison to the other parts of the North Pole.
9. Oil Deposits
For the longest time, many people have wondered if the North Pole has a bounty of natural resources that we could make use of. Well according to a recent study, there is approximately 20% of the world’s undiscovered deposits of oil are located in the North Pole. However, the reason we haven’t gone in search of oil there is because of how dangerous it is to dig there.
8. Floating Around
We’ve already discussed that the North Pole is not considered a continent because it is just a sheet of ice floating around. It seems that the North Pole is actually compose of floating ice glaciers that are all grouped together. All of the wildlife that live on the North Pole are just living on floating ice, which is why global warming has been such a huge issue these days.
7. Time Zone Issues
According to one Quora user, “Since lines of longitude converge at the North and South Pole, it’s almost impossible to determine which time zone you’re in based on the longitude. Therefore, researchers in the Arctic and Antarctic regions of the earth usually use the time zone associated with their research stations.”
That’s right, time seems to get all confused when you’re at the North Pole.
6. Half The Year Is Dark
One of the most amazing aspects of the North Pole is that for half of the year the sun completely disappears. Yes, you read that correctly. Half of the year the North Pole is completely dark and the other half of the year the sun never sets. On September 25th the sun disappears from the North Pole and doesn’t return until 6 months later.
5. Controversial Discovery
The North Pole has had a pretty controversial beginning as many men claim to have been the first ones to discover it. It seems that one man by the name of Robert E. Peary claims that he was the first to discover the ice land. However, another man by the name of Frederick Albert Cook, said he made the trip first, but failed to document his trip by navigational means. Guess we’ll never know the truth here!
4. Robert E. Peary
According to discovermagazine.com, “Robert E. Peary was the first to hit the Terrestrial North Pole by dog sled way back in 1909.” He also claims to be the first person to have discovered all of the North Pole since he road through it on his dog sled. It was a pretty big accomplishment back then and the North Pole still remembers Peary.
3. Russian Submarine
Back in 2007, a Russian submarine planted a flag at the bottom of the sea floor up at the Terrestrial North Pole. In order to accomplish this they used robots that were able to dive into the freezing cold waters. However, this doesn’t mean that the North Pole is in Russia!
2. Dog Races
One of the most popular events in the North Pole are the annual dog races. After all, traveling by dogsled is incredibly popular in the Northern Hemisphere as it’s an easy way to get through the ice and snow. Huskies are also incredibly loyal and dependable dogs and can carry incredibly large loads!
1. North & South Flip
Believe it or not but it is actually possible for the North and South Pole to flip. In fact, it has happened before around 780,000 years ago. However, scientists aren’t too worried about it as they say that most things would stay the same. Still, it does seem pretty spooky to think about the poles changing like that!