No other region of the world is as dramatically different as Antarctica. It is a continent hidden by ice, a desert buried under water. It is one wilderness that will never be logged, dammed or criss-crossed by hiker's trails or biker's tracks. At the same time, it is one of the planet's most important geological features -- for storms that blow down from its icy heights are the engine for much of the world's weather.

In its geography, Antarctica is a land of extremes: it is the highest, driest, coldest, windiest continent. Yet these same extremes offer spectacle and beauty, and no one who has ever visited Antarctica will ever feel an outsider to the wonders of the Earth.

  • About Antarctica

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