Antarctica

Polar continent in the Earth's southern hemisphere

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Antarctica is Earth's southernmost continent. It contains the geographic South Pole and is situated in the Antarctic region of the Southern Hemisphere, almost entirely south of the Antarctic Circle, and is surrounded by the Southern Ocean. At 14,200,000 square kilometres, it is the fifth-largest continent and nearly twice the size of Australia. At 0.00008 people per square kilometre, it is by far the least densely populated continent. About 98% of Antarctica is covered by ice that averages 1.9ย km in thickness, which extends to all but the northernmost reaches of the Antarctic Peninsula.

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Piling billions of tons of man-made snow on top of the West Antarctic ice sheet could prevent it from melting and collapsing into the sea, study says.
Credit: USATODAY.com - Published 9 hours ago

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In July 2017 a crack in Antarctica's Larsen C ice shelf caused a trillion tonne chunk of ice, dubbed iceberg A-68, to break off, sparking fears it could..
4 days ago • WorldNews
Chinaโ€™s first home-made icebreaker has been delivered and is expected to make its maiden voyage to Antarctica later this year, in the latest expansion of..
6 days ago • WorldNews
Signatories of the Antarctic Treaty, including Australia, have renewed their 60-year commitment to keep the continent free of military and mining activities.
Credit: SBS - Published 6 days ago

An enormous glacier the size of Florida may be on the brink melting so quickly that it could cause catastrophic global sea level rises, scientists have warned...
1 week ago • WorldNews

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