Learning more about Antarctic geoscience



Windy, cold, remote, hostile, barren, extreme. These are just some of the words that come to mind when describing Antarctica.

Antarctica is the highest, coldest, and windiest continent on Earth. Less than 3% of Antarctica is free of ice, and the continent contains some of the most spectacular mountain ranges in the world. The most extensive are in the Antarctic Peninsula, 1700 km in length, and the Transantarctic Mountains, which are more than 3000 km long. The highest mountain, Vinson Massif in the Ellsworth Mountains, peaks at 4897 m.