Antarctica

Antarctica

Antarctica is Earth’s southernmost continent, containing the geographic South Pole. Surrounded by the Southern Ocean, it is the fifth largest continent in area after Asia, Africa, North America, and South America. For comparison, Antarctica is nearly twice the size of Australia. The continent has 0 permenant residents, but around 1,000-1,500 people stay for a year or so conducting research. About 98% of Antarctica is covered by ice that averages at least 1 mile (1.6 km) in thickness.

Animals such as the Weddell SealOrcasBlue whalesLeopord sealsAlbatross and Rockhopper, Adelie, and Emporer Penguins inhabit this land, and are a few of the only animals that could actually survive such conditions. Antarctica is seperated into 8 territorial claims owned by 7 different countries: Great Britain, New Zealand, Australia, France, Chile, Argentina and Norway (2). Then lies Mary Bird Land, the unclaimed territory of Antarctica.

It is home to some of the most scenic mountains and remote getaways on the Earth. Sight seeing, sea kayaking, ice hiking, and whale watching are just some of the activities Antarctica holds. It is known to have some of the most historic and incredible ice climbing, mountain trekking expeditions ever completed by man.

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