The continent of Antarctica measures 13 million km², making it almost as large as North America. It has one of the biggest mountain ranges in the world, stretching for 4,000km. Its tallest peak, Mount Vinson, is 4 897m. Above all, the Antarctic is the world’s largest expanse of ice. In some places it is 4 800m thick!

There is little precipitation, because of the intense cold, so the Antarctic is actually an immense desert. It receives 2 to 5 cm of precipitation per year, less than the Sahara