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The Continent of Antarctica

Correct! Antarctica is considered a desert environment. It receives about the same amount of rainfall as the Sahara Desert! And since average temperatures never go above 0 Celsius (32 Fahrenheit)—the freezing point of water—snowfall virtually never melts. About 4,000 people live on and study the Antarctic continent during the summer months (December through March). What do you know about living and working in Antarctica? Test your knowledge at It's a Cold Living.

Map comparing size of Continental US and Antarctica

Image: National Science Foundation

Stories in the Ice | Antarctic Almanac | Water World | Live and Breathe Antarctica
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