As the Earth’s fifth largest and most southerly continent, Antarctica has captured the attention and imagination of countless people.
Temperatures there regularly drop below -90C, making it one of the most inhospitable places on the planet.
This hasn’t stopped humans from exploring it, however, and anywhere between 1,000 and 5,000 people currently live there.
Against all odds, Antarctica has a thriving wild animal population with around 235 different species calling the continent home.
It appears that it could well have been home to much more flora and fauna in history, as research suggests Antarctica was once teeming with life and home to a temperate forest.
Read more: Antarctica’s lost ‘ancient forest’ found deep within continent’s hulking ice (as cold as MINUS 90C – as my brother says the hottest and coldest temperatures on earth are vastly different with the hottest claimed to 54.4C, but if earth temperature rises 1.5 degrees we are all going to die?? Think about it)