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Antarctica: Continent
Antarctica is Earth's southernmost continent. It contains the geographic South Pole and is situated in the Antarctic region of the Southern Hemisphere, almost entirely south of the Antarctic Circle, and is surrounded by the Southern Ocean. At 14,200,000 square kilometres, it is the fifth-largest continent and nearly twice the size of Australia. At 0.00008 people per square kilometre, it is by far the least densely populated continent. About 98% of Antarctica is covered by ice that averages 1.9 km in thickness, which extends to all but the northernmost reaches of the Antarctic Peninsula.

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Lorde calls for action after witnessing climate change first-hand on Antarctica trip [Video]

Lorde calls for action after witnessing climate change first-hand on Antarctica trip

Lorde has urged world leaders to take action on climate change after witnessing the problem first-hand during a trip to Antarctica.

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Britain's "Boaty McBoatface" heads for open seas [Video]

Britain's "Boaty McBoatface" heads for open seas

Britain's new polar ship headed for the open seas on Tuesday (November 3) to start trials before making its maiden voyage to Antarctica next year for climate change research.

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Threat to Antarctica: Scientists press for protected marine park [Video]

Threat to Antarctica: Scientists press for protected marine park

The waters around Antarctica are heating up, but that is not the only threat facing the Antarctic Peninsula.

Credit: Al Jazeera STUDIO     Duration: 02:45Published

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Thwaites: 'Doomsday Glacier' vulnerability seen in new maps

Sea and airborne surveys show how Antarctica's mighty Thwaites ice stream can be melted from below.
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Climate change: Satellites record history of Antarctic melting

European spacecraft track in fine detail the thinning that's occurred at the continent's edge.
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Coronavirus severely restricts Antarctic science

Keeping Covid out of Antarctica means little research will be done on the continent in 2020-2021.
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Climate change turning Antarctica's snow green

Antarctica conjures images of an unbroken white wilderness but blooms of algae are giving parts of the frozen continent an increasingly green tinge.
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Coronavirus and Antarctica: 'Isolated within isolation'

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'Isolated within isolation': keeping out coronavirus in the frozen Antarctic

In the frozen and desolate expanse of Antarctica, Alejandro Valenzuela Pena is used to a feeling of isolation. Now, however, that has taken on a new meaning as the only continent still free from the..
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Ex-Disney animator brings Antarctic story to life

After working on Frozen and Big Hero 6, Sarah Airriess left Hollywood to create a graphic about early Antarctic explorers
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Learning how to make an igloo in the Antarctic

The BBC's Justin Rowlatt learnt to make an igloo while visiting Antarctica's Thwaites Glacier.
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A place that makes you ask the questions that really matter

The BBC's Justin Rowlatt found a visit to Antarctica made him emotional, and ultimately hopeful.
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Greenland and Antarctica ice loss accelerating

The Earth's great ice sheets are losing mass six times faster today than they were in the 1990s.
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Antarctic sea creatures 'stressed to the max'

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Crossing Antarctica solo: A lonely journey across the ice

How Børge Ousland became the first person to cross Antarctica solo
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Number of chinstrap penguins in Antarctica has fallen sharply: scientists

The number of chinstrap penguins in some colonies in Western Antarctica has fallen by as much as 77% since they were last surveyed in the 1970s, say scientists studying the impact of climate change on..
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Antarctica logs hottest temperature on record of 18.3C

The provisional reading of 18.3C (64.9F) beats the previous record of 17.5C, logged in 2015.
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Could you handle the earth's most remote campsite?

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Antarctica melting: Climate change and the journey to the 'doomsday glacier'

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The year in protests: From Chile to Lebanon, what happened next?

Every continent including Antarctica saw demos this year, with many likely to spill over into 2020.
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'The closest thing on Earth to interplanetary travel'

Justin Rowlatt lands in a dazzling white and blue world to join scientists checking up on Antarctic ice.
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Denman Glacier: Deepest point on land found in Antarctica

Denman Glacier reaches down to more than 3,500m below sea level. Only ocean trenches go deeper.
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Chilean Air Force recovers human remains, says no survivors in crashed plane

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Chile expands search over frigid sea near Antarctica for crashed plane

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Chile search teams battle adverse conditions in hunt for plane

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Forty years on, New Zealand apologizes for Antarctic plane disaster

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