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Most people will never get to visit this continent, the truly last great wild frontier. It’s the coldest, driest and windiest place on Earth with, according to a recent NSF study, the cleanest air on the planet.

Despite its rough terrain, a wide range of creatures thrive here in astonishing abundance. While it seems so remote from our daily lives, what happens here affects every single one of us.

Antarctica and its surrounding Southern Ocean play a vital role in influencing global sea levels and currents, and its wildlife-filled waters can absorb huge amounts of carbon – all absolutely vital for maintaining the health of the entire planet.

2023/06/30 Updated