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Listed under Deserts in Antarctica.

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There has never been a single permanent human resident in Antarctica, the coldest, driest and windiest of continents, centered around the South Pole. Haunted by tales of the doomed Scott expedition in 1912, the vast interior of Antarctica is all but dead, having almost no precipitation. This makes it the world's largest desert.

Perhaps incongruously, there are several active volcanoes here, including Deception Island and Mount Erebus, as well as mountain ranges, glaciers and subterranean lakes. Only specialised creatures such as the albatross, snow petrel and fur seal are at home in Antarctica, alongside tough, endearing penguins and several cetacean species.

Antarctica's desert has its own parallels to the Northern Lights: the Aurora Australis.

However, this glorious, ice-bound wonderland isn't as impenetrable to us as it might sound. Its snow-hued wildlife, unpolluted views of the stars and exquisitely sculptural landscapes are accessible not just to 'outdoor types', via trekking, ice diving, berg-climbing, camping and kayaking; it's also possible to meet the penguins on foot, take a star cruise, learn about the area's natural history or simply watch and photograph nature in the raw as you drift by.

Written by  World Reviewer Staff.

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“Voyage into the ice”

By: Jordan Baker for the Sydney Morning Herald First Published: 10th April, 2009 I climb the slope, sweating under countless layers and stumbling in my gumboots, aware of little but my feet for fear I'll slip on the lumpy snow, tumble down the cliff an… Read more...

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