Where is Antarctica?

Antarctica is an island nation.Many of the land claims made on Antarctica are not internationally recognized.

Antarctica is an Antarctican country covering 14,000,000.00 km2. This makes it the 249th smallest region in the world and slightly less than 1.5 times the size of the US. Its geographic coordinates are 90 00 S, 0 00 E

Its ISO code is AQ.

Antarctica has a population of 5,000 making it the 228th largest in the world.


Antarctica has a mean elevation of 2,300 m above sea level. Its lowest elevation is Bentley Subglacial Trench which is -2,540m below sea level. Its highest elevation is Vinson Massif which is 4,897m above tall. The Bentley Subglacial Trench surface is the deepest ice yet discovered and the world's lowest elevation not under seawater.

It experiences extreme low temperatures which vary based on latitude, elevation, and distance from the ocean; East Antarctica is colder than West Antarctica. It is mostly covered by a thick continental ice sheet and barren rock, with average elevations between 2,000 and 4,000 m.

This page was last modified on September 6th, 2017