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Antarctica

Antarctica (UK English /ænˈtɑːktɪkə/ or /ænˈtɑːtɪkə/, US English /æntˈɑːrktɪkə/) 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 14000000 km2, it is the fifth-largest continent. For comparison, Antarctica is nearly twice the size of Australia. 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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"What's at the North Pole, Mommy?" "Santa Claus." "How about the South Pole?" "A bust of Vladimir Lenin." True story- it was left there by a Russian expedition in 1958, and as most things in Antarctica, old campsites, tents, even bodies, it's still there, preserved by the frigid temperatures.

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