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- Clouds go scurrying by in Antarctica most days, it's the windiest and highest continent as well as the coldest

Adelie penguins on sea-ice
Pictures of Penguins in Antarctica


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Nacreous clouds above McMurdo Base, McMurdo Sound Antarctica - Picture courtesy Alan Light

Antarctica, composite polar night shot
Use of picture courtesy of NASA
Composite image of Antarctica and southern hemisphere at night showing lights from major cities on South America (top left), Africa (top right) and Australia / New Zealand (bottom right). The earth could never be viewed in this way as in reality one half of this view would be in daylight and the other in darkness.

 Picture of an aurora as seen from the International Space Station.
Aurora Australis From Space May 24th 2010
Photograph courtesy Johnson Space Center/NASA


Ice sheets contain a record of hundreds of thousands of years of past climate, trapped in the ancient snow. Scientists recover this climate history by drilling cores in the ice, up to 3,500 meters (11,000 feet) deep. Photograph copyright Reto Stöckli, NASA GSFC

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Sledging - Edward Wilson, watercolour

South - Ernest Shackleton: 1915

Jan 8 -  Endurance passed not fewer than five hundred bergs on this day. One, a rampart berg was 150ft high and a quarter of a mile long

2 a.m. Jan 3 leads ended in hummocky ice impossible to penetrate. By midnight we came to a full stop in weather thick with snow.

31st Dec - Endurance had a serious encounter with ice. Stopped by floes closing on us, at noon jammed between two while pressure heeled us over 6 deg

28th Dec - Southerly gale blowing snow in clouds off the floe, temp fallen to 23°F. The dogs were having an uncomfortable time in their deck quarters.

25th Dec - Grog served at midnight to all on deck and again at breakfast for those who had been in their bunks at midnight. A really splendid dinner, turtle soup, whitebait, jugged hare, Christmas pudding, mince-pies, dates, figs crystallized fruits, rum & stout.

21st Dec - Longest day Dec 21 1914, was beautifully fine, a gentle WNW breeze. Made a start at 3am, proceeded through the pack to the SW.

16th Dec - Endurance remained against the floe for the next 24 hours. The pack extended to the horizon all around broken by innumerable narrow lanes.


The Antarctic Shrine - Standish Backus
Sir Ernest Shackleton's historic British Antarctic Expedition of 1907 chose Cape Royds on Ross Island as the site of their headquarters. In the painting, units of Task Force 43 may be seen several miles off Cape Royds fighting their way through frozen McMurdo Sound behind an icebreaker toward the base at Hut Point, thirty miles to the south. In the background the great mountains fifty miles away in Victoria Land peer under the overcast. Picture courtesy The Naval History & Heritage Command - USA


The Erebus glacier in Antarctica comes down from Mt. Erebus and protrudes off the coast of Ross Island, forming an 11-12 km long ice tongue - a long and narrow sheet of ice projecting out from the coastline. It is a serrated, blue-rimmed “knife” extending toward image center from the upper right out into snow- and ice-covered McMurdo Sound. Beneath the smooth white expanse is the Southern Ocean. Photograph courtesy  of NASA / GSFC / METI / ERSDAC / JAROS, and the U.S./Japan ASTER Science Team.

It's Antarctica or Antarctic - not Antartica or Antartic - but also अंटार्कटिका Antártida  l'Antarctique  Antarktika   南極洲  القارة القطبية الجنوبية   Antártica  Антарктида  南極


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