the Ultimate Wilderness
Antarctica is the coldest, windiest,
highest (on average), and driest continent.
Temperatures as low as -129 degrees F.
and winds of 200 miles per hour have been recorded
the Continental land mass is one and one half the size of the U.S.
The ice shelf doubles the size of Antarctia.
The ice dome covering most of Greater Antarctica reaches a
height of 13,850 feet (over two and a half miles).
The enormous weight of the ice cap has
depressed the underlying earth's crust over 3000 feet.
Antarctia has 90% of all the ice on the planet
and 70% of the worllds fresh water is found in Antarctia
Antarctic sheet is thinning: Frozen continent has lost so much ice it has changed the Earth's Gravitational Field