- the continent surrounding the South Pole: almost entirely covered by an ice sheet. About 5,000,000 sq. mi. (12,950,000 sq. km).
Examples from the Web for antarctica
Michael Clinton, president of marketing at Hearst, just ran a marathon in Antarctica.Joanna Coles: Why Cosmopolitan Does Sexy and Serious So Well
August 22, 2014
Another, Autosub-2, was trapped as it explored life beneath permanent ice shelves around Antarctica in 2005.
They went AWOL all around the world—from the waters around Antarctica to just off a Japanese Island—for a host of reasons.
Let's hope he didn't get frostbite - here's the science of getting naked in antarctica.Nude At The South Pole, It's Alexander Skarsgard, NOT Prince Harry (This Time!)
January 10, 2014
On December 6, Liautaud and his teammate Doug Stoup, set off from Antarctica on a 640-kilometer ski journey to the South Pole.The Most Extreme Explorers of 2013
December 29, 2013
The Brainchild lifted from Antarctica at exactly 2100 hours, Greenwich time.
There was something definitely screwy going on in Antarctica.
Do you mean that everyone who's been arrested is here, in Antarctica?The Penal Cluster
Ivar Jorgensen (AKA Randall Garrett)
So long as "Antarctica" endures, the name of Neumayer will always be connected with it.The South Pole, Volumes 1 and 2
By their joint efforts some, at least, of the mystery of Antarctica has been dispelled.The Home of the Blizzard
- a continent around the South Pole: consists of an ice-covered plateau, 1800–3000 m (6000 ft to 10 000 ft) above sea level, and mountain ranges rising to 4500 m (15 000 ft) with some volcanic peaks; average temperatures all below freezing and human settlement is confined to research stations. All political claims to the mainland are suspended under the Antarctic Treaty of 1959
Word Origin and History for antarctica
continent name attributed to Scottish cartographer John George Bartholomew (1860-1920), who used it on a map published 1887. From antarctic (q.v.). Hypothetical southern continents had been imagined since antiquity; first sighting of Antarctica by Europeans probably was 1820 (Lazarev and Bellingshausen). Also cf. Antipodes.