The least rainy place on Earth isn’t in the desert
It may be covered with ice, but Antarctica gets only 16.5 cm of rain or snow per year, making it the continent with the lowest annual rainfall by far. On the other end of the spectrum, Lloro, Colombia, absorbs more than 1270 cm of rainfall per year.
Rain doesn’t always make the ground wet
In dry, hot places, rain sometimes evaporates before it hits the ground. Environmentalist Edward Abbey describes ‘phantom rain’ this way: “You see curtains of rain dangling in the sky while the living things wither below for want of water. Torture by tantalising, hope without fulfillment. Then the clouds dissipate into nothingness.”
Not all raindrops are made of water
On Venus, and other moons and planets, rain is made of sulphuric acid or methane. Even stranger, on a planet 5000 light years away, scientists found raindrops made of iron rather than water.
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