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- Clouds go scurrying by in Antarctica most days, it's the windiest and highest continent as well as the coldest

Adelie penguins on sea-ice
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Nacreous clouds above McMurdo Base, McMurdo Sound - Picture courtesy Alan Light

Antarctica, composite polar night shot
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Composite image of Antarctica and southern hemisphere at night showing lights from major cities on South America (top left), Africa (top right) and Australia / New Zealand (bottom right). The earth could never be viewed in this way as in reality one half of this view would be in daylight and the other in darkness.

 Picture of an aurora as seen from the International Space Station.
Aurora Australis From Space May 24th 2010 - Photograph courtesy Johnson Space Center/NASA

Ice sheets contain a record of hundreds of thousands of years of past climate, trapped in the ancient snow. Scientists recover this climate history by drilling cores in the ice, up to 3,500 meters (11,000 feet) deep. Photograph copyright Reto Stockli, NASA GSFC

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Sledging - Edward Wilson, watercolour

South - Ernest Shackleton: 1915

The ice-pressure, which was indicated by distant rumblings and the appearance of formidable ridges, was increasingly a cause of anxiety. The areas of disturbance were gradually approaching the ship. During July 21 we could bear the grinding and crashing of the working floes to the south-west and west and could see cracks opening, working, and closing ahead.

"The ice is rafting up to a height of 10 or 15 ft. in places, the opposing floes are moving against one another at the rate of about 200 yds. per hour. The noise resembles the roar of heavy, distant surf. Standing on the stirring ice one can imagine it is disturbed by the breathing and tossing of a mighty giant below."

Early on the afternoon of the 22nd a 2-ft. crack, running south-west and north-east for a distance of about two miles, approached to within 35 yds. of the port quarter. I had all the sledges brought aboard and set a special watch in case it became necessary to get the dogs off the floe in a hurry .....Our long months of rest and safety seemed to be at an end, and a period of stress had begun.

The Antarctic Shrine - Standish Backus
Sir Ernest Shackleton's British Antarctic Expedition of 1907hut at Cape Royds, Ross Island. Units of Task Force 43 may be seen several miles off Cape Royds fighting their way through frozen McMurdo Sound behind an icebreaker toward the base at Hut Point. In the background mountains fifty miles away in Victoria Land are pictured. Picture courtesy The Naval History & Heritage Command - USA

The Erebus glacier in Antarctica comes down from Mt. Erebus and protrudes off the coast of Ross Island as an 11-12 km long ice tongue. It is a serrated, blue-rimmed "knife" extending toward image center from the upper right out into snow and ice-covered McMurdo Sound. The smooth white expanse is the Southern Ocean. Photograph courtesy  of NASA / GSFC / METI / ERSDAC / JAROS, and the U.S./Japan ASTER Science Team.

It's Antarctica or Antarctic - not Antartica or Antartic - but also Antartida  l'Antarctique  Antarktika 南極洲  القارة القطبية الجنوبية   Antártica  Антарктида  南極