Let's explore Antarctica

Hi, I’m Freya.

My Uncle Bob has sent me a postcard from the coldest continent on Earth, Antarctica.

Let's see if we can work out where he is!

Antarctica is a desert - but it's not hot, it's really, really cold. It's called a desert because it hardly ever rains.

The South Pole is near the middle of Antarctica. That's the very bottom of the planet. In parts of Antarctica the winter temperature can be minus 60°C.

Nobody lives in Antarctica permanently. Some scientists stay there to work and carry out research. They may spend months indoors in the research stations. When the weather gets bad, they are cut-off from the rest of the world.

Living in Antarctica is extremely different to living in Europe. Why do you think this is?

A research station in Antarctica

Do you remember what we saw in Antarctica?

Watch this video to see more of Antarctica!

Watch this short video from BBC Bitesize to see more of wildlife and nature that can be found in Antarctica.

World words

  • Blizzard - a very big snowstorm blown around by extreme winds.

  • Mountain - an area of land that is higher than 600 metres and usually has a peak.

  • Ocean - a very large area of salty water.

  • Peninsula - an area of land that extends out from a larger piece of land and is mostly surrounded by water.

There's more to learn...