The Antarctic

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By Lizzy Courtney

Ask children to investigate fascinating facts about Antarctic wildlife and explorers.

Scott's ship

The word Antarctic comes from the Greek word ‘Antarktikos’ meaning the opposite end of the earth to the Arctic. Antarctica is the most southerly place on Earth and is double the size of Australia. As well as being the coldest place on earth, Antarctica is one of the windiest and driest too – so much so, that it is classified as a desert. Despite being covered in ice, over a mile thick in some places, very little snow falls here. The sea is often warmer than the land so most wildlife is found in the water rather than on dry land.

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