David Attenborough is about half a mile from the South Pole, in the centre of Antarctica. For a thousand miles in a all directions there is nothing but ice. The continent is one and a half times the size of the United States and larger than Europe, yet has a year round population of only about 800 people. It is the coldest and loneliest place on Earth, yet it is astonishingly rich in life in one or two places. Emperor penguins come here by the million and must endure temperatures of minus 70 Celsius and winds of 120 miles per hour. Snow petrels nest in the centre of the continent even though they have to dig away at the snow to find places to nest. Over half the world's seals have their pups here.
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