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Antarctica is the icy continent at the South Pole. Antarctica is often called "The Frozen Continent". Look at the map of Antarctica, there are no countries on this continent!

 

 

Countries of Antarctica

There are no countries in Antarctica.

 

Although scientific expeditions visit Antarctica, there are no permanent human residents. There are about 4,000 seasonal visitors to Antarctica.

 

Interesting facts about Antarctica.

Antarctica is the fifth-largest continent. This frozen continent has many interesting facts to read about.

 

Antarctica is the coldest region on this planet.

 Antarctica has about 87% of the world's ice.
 

 

The South Pole is the coldest, windiest, and driest place on Earth.

This is a picture of the "Ceremonial South Pole". It is an area set aside just for you to take a picture.

 

Antarctica is the best place in the world to find meteorites. Can you guess why? Dark meteorites show up against the white of ice and snow and don't get covered by plants. This picture shows one of the largest meteorites collected in Antarctica, it was 250 pounds!

 

 

 

Animals of Antarctica

Antarctica is home to many marine animals. All of the Antarctic animals have adapted to life in extremey cold conditions.

There are 17 different kinds of penguins living in Antarctica. The Emperor Penguin is the largest penguin. It lives on ice packs in Antarctica.  
   
Look at the Weddell Seal stretching on the ice in Antarctica!  
   
This is an ice fish. It is also called a white fish because their blood is transparent .
   
Crabeater seals are found in Antarctica. Did you know that Crabeater seals don't eat crab, they eat krill!  

Just for fun...
The new Disney movie, "Eight Below" is set in the extreme wilderness of Antarctica.
To see the beauty of Antarctica, watch a little bit of the movie! Eight Below movie trailer from apple.com (Need QuickTime)

(http://www.apple.com/trailers/disney/eightbelow/)

 

Want more information about Antarctica?

Check out:
CCSD'S The Continents: Antarctica

 

 

 

 

 

PICTURE CREDITS:

Nigel's World
Pics4Learning.com
Wikipedia
NASA