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About Antarctica

    Where is Antarctica?

    Continent mostly south of the Antarctic Circle

    Coordinates: 90° South, 0° West
    Map of Antarctica

    What is the Antarctica weather like?

    Severe low temperatures vary with latitude, elevation, and distance from the ocean; East Antarctica is colder than West Antarctica because of its higher elevation; Antarctic Peninsula has the most moderate climate; higher temperatures occur in January along the coast and average slightly below freezing

    Traveling to Antarctica

    Traveling by air

    There are 23 airports in Antarctica, none of which are paved.

    There are 53 heliports in Antarctica.


    Traveling by water

    The most important ports and harbours are in McMurdo Station; most coastal stations have sparse and intermittent offshore anchorages; a few stations have basic wharf facilities.