Antarctica is like no other place on Earth. The continent is covered almost entirely by a thick ice sheet. Yet there is very little precipitation. Howling winds reach over 320 km p/hr (200 mph) and temperatures dip to -60 C (-76 F)! Even the sea freezes over in the winter. Very few kinds of land animals and plants can survive here. But the icy waters are filled with life. The only humans are those that have come to explore and study.

Image credits: main image, courtesy of AMNH.