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Antarctica's land mass is twice as large as Australia. In the winter, sea ice around Antarctica expands, doubling the continent's surface area.

Planet's water

About 90% of the ice and 65% of the earth's fresh water (in frozen state) reside in Antarctica. Antarctica is technically a desert (it averages under 6 centimeters or 2 inches of precipitation per year).


The lowest recorded temperature on earth was -89°C (-129°F) at the Russian Vostok Research Station.


There is none, though countries operating scientific stations abide by the international Antarctic Treaty. These include Argentina, Australia, Chile, France, New Zealand, Norway, United Kingdom, and the USA.

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