Antarctica is the highest continent with an average height of 6,000 feet. Most of the continent is buried under ice and
snow, sometimes to a depth of three miles. Most of the mountains, except along the coast, are mostly buried in ice.
Antarctica contains 70% of the world's fresh water. Only 2% of the continent is free from ice and snow. Antarctica is
shaped like an indoor stadium--the continent rises quickly from the water's edge and is then flat across the continent
Antarctica is a desert which gets only 5 to 7 inches of snow a year. (Condensed to rain, the total would be much lower.)
The air is drier than the Sahara.
In the picture below, look for the line of Adelie penguins crossing the ice to reach the sea.
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Jackie takes her first step off the
pack ice onto Antarctica.