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Antarctica mountains, more pictures in the galleryAntarctic Pictures Gallery - Clouds go scurrying by in Antarctica most days, it's the windiest and highest continent as well as the coldest

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nacreous cloudsNacreous clouds above McMurdo Base, McMurdo Sound - Picture courtesy Alan Light

Antarctica, composite polar day shotComposite image of Antarctica and southern hemisphere, 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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Sledding, Edward Wilson watercolourSledging - Edward Wilson, watercolour

South - Ernest Shackleton: 1915

During the concluding days of September the roar of the pressure grew louder, and I could see that the area of disturbance was rapidly approaching the ship. Stupendous forces were at work and the fields of firm ice around the Endurance were being diminished steadily. September 30 was a bad day. It began well, for we got two penguins and five seals during the morning. But at 3 p.m. cracks that had opened during the night alongside the ship commenced to work in a lateral direction. The decks shuddered and jumped, beams arched, and stanchions buckled and shook. I ordered all hands to stand by in readiness for whatever emergency might arise.

"The behaviour of our ship in the ice has been magnificent," wrote Worsley. "Since we have been beset her staunchness and endurance have been almost past belief again and again. She has been nipped with a million-ton pressure and risen nobly, falling clear of the water out on the ice. She has been thrown to and fro like a shuttlecock a dozen times. She has been strained, her beams arched upwards, by the fearful pressure; her very sides opened and closed again as she was actually bent and curved along her length, groaning like a living thing. It will be sad if such a brave little craft should be finally crushed in the remorseless, slowly strangling grip of the Weddell pack after ten months of the bravest and most gallant fight ever put up by a ship."

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 Antártida  l'Antarctique  Antarktika   南極洲  القارة القطبية الجنوبية   Antártica  Антарктида  南極