Why is Antarctica the world's highest continent?
It is covered with an extremely thick ice sheet.
The way emperor penguins care for their eggs in the coldest place on Earth
A map, a time line, photos-and the inside story on a volcano in an ice desert
Surprising, True facts that will shock and amaze you
Table of Contents
1 The Extreme Continent Why don't you need an umbrella in Antarctica? 7
2 Ice Desert Can a desert be as cold as ice? 11
3 Life in the Cold Zone Why don't fish in the Antarctic freeze solid? 17
4 Mysterious Land Who expected Antarctica to be warm and fertile? 25
Fire and Ice What happens when hot steam freezes? 28
5 The Great Race Which team would you bet on? 31
6 Modern Explorers Who was the first woman to ski alone to the South Pole? 37
True Statistics 43
Important Words 46
About the Author 48