- Driest, windiest and coldest continent.
- 99% ice cover - average thickness 2450m
- Lowest recorded temperature on Earth (-89oC)
- Average annual temperature is -55oC
- no permanent residents.
- 1000 winter scientists
- Many countries have stations there researching climate, wildlife and mineral potential.
- Covers an area of 14 million km3 which is almost as big as europe