Antarctica is the southernmost continent located around the
Geographic South Pole.
Antarctica is also the highest, driest, coldest, and windiest continent on earth.
Average summer temperature: +2°C (+36°F)
Average winter temperature: -10°C (+14°F)
High Temperature: +8.3°C (+47°F)
Low Temperature: -50°C (-58°F)
Mean annual Temperature: -17°C (0°F)
High Temperature: -16°C (+3.1°F)
Low Temperature: -82.7°C (-117°F)
Mean annual Temperature: -48°C (-56°F)
Coldest natural temperature on
Average wind speed of 67km/hr (44mph)
Highest winds up to 320km.hr (198.8mph)
Average elevation: 2300 m (7546 ft/ 1.4 miles)
Highest point of ice cap: 4100 m (13,451 ft/ 2.5 miles)
Vinson Massif is 4897 m (16,066 ft/ 3.0 miles)
Area: 13,000,000 km2 (Twice the size of Australia)
Antarctica is 1.5 times the size of the continuous United States.
The sea ice adds and additional 20,000,000 km2!
World's largest glacier: Lambert Glacier (40 km wide/ 400 km long)
only 0.4% of Antarctica is *not* covered in ice.
Antarctica is the driest continent on earth with an absolute humidity lower than that of the Sahara Desert.
Frequently Asked Questions
Well, I really don't know. I've never been
to Alaska. You see, Alaska is a State
in the northern part of North America. Antarctica,
where I work, is a whole continent
in the deep South, even further south than South America. If you have a
globe, look on the very bottom. That is where I work! Alaska and Antarctica
are both similar as they are usually covered in snow and both can be very
cold, but there are some very big differences. You will see many examples
in the following questions.
Are there Polar Bears in Antarctica?
No there are no Polar bears in Antarctica. Polar bears are only found in the Northern Hemisphere.
Are there penguins at the North Pole?
No there are no penguins at the North Pole. Penguins are only found in the Southern Hemisphere. The Northernmost penguin is found in the Galapagos Islands.
+ What would happen if a polar bear met a penguin?
What kind of food do you eat?
What's this about your hair??
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