Michael A. Stecker
Satellite map of Antarctica
Antarctica is the highest, windiest, coldest and most arid continent on earth. Most of the continent lies south of the Antarctic Circle -- an imaginary circle on the surface of the earth at 66 1/2° South latitude, i.e. 23 1/2° north of the South Pole. However about half of the Antarctic Peninsula (just south of South America) is north of the Antarctic Circle. The three southern oceans -- Atlantic, Pacific and Indian converge on Antarctica. The body of water between the Antarctica and South America is the Drake Passage -- one of the roughest waterways in the world. The largest research station lies near Mc Murdo Sound and the Ross Sea. Nearby is the volcanic peak Mount Erebus (12,444 ft) on Ross Island.
Drake Passage and Paradise Bay off the Antarctic Peninsula
Basic Antarctica Data
Fifth-largest continent, following Asia, Africa, North America, and South America
Larger than Australia and the subcontinent of Europe
The Vinson Massif at 16,067 feet (Lat: 78°35'S, Long: 85°25'W) lies along the southern part of the
main ridge of the Sentinel Range. It was named for Carl G Vinson, a Georgia congressman and a
major force in 20th century US Antarctic exploration. It was first climbed in December, 1966.