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Antarctica

Antarctica is the coldest, windiest, driest place on earth.

Antarctica

Two thirds of all our planet’s fresh water is locked up there in the form of ice in a continent twice the size of Australia.

Antarctica

But a great concentration of wildlife thrives in this challenging environment.

Antarctica

Those who brave the extreme conditions are rewarded with an unforgettable experience.

Most Antarctic life clings to the edge, where beaches and cliffs offer snow-free nesting places for birds and pupping places for seals. 

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One of the world’s last great wildernesses, Antarctica is a region of superlatives: the coldest, windiest, driest place on earth. But a great concentration of wildlife thrives in this challenging environment, and those who brave the extreme conditions are rewarded with an unforgettable experience. Albatrosses and whales rule the seas, penguins throng the beaches in their thousands, and seals bask in raucous company. All this plays out against an icy backdrop of awe-inspiring beauty.

Tony Soper, author of Antarctica: the Bradt Guide 

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