Physical Map of Antarctica

About Antarctica Map is showing the Antarctic circle and the continent of Antarctica with a land area of 14 million km² (280,000 km² ice-free, 13.72 million km² ice-covered), so Antarctica is almost twice the size of Australia (7,617,930 km²), it is the world's fifth-largest continent in area, after Asia, Africa, North America, and South America (see the Americas).

Not quite in the centre of Antarctica is the South Pole, by convention it is the southernmost point on the surface of the Earth (wherever you would go from here you would go north, somehow). The South Pole is also one of the endpoints of Earth's rotation axis. The South Pole is not really a fixed point, simply because Earth is rotating slightly off-centre, our planet 'wobbles' a tiny little bit, scientists call this behaviour the Polar motion, it is the movement of Earth's rotational axis across its 'surface', and - the deflection is just a few meters.

The nearest countries to Antarctica are South Africa, Australia, New Zealand, Chile and Argentina. On Antarctica there are no cities or villages, 98% of the continent is covered by ice. The map shows also the location of scientific research stations operated by various countries on the continent. You are free to use this map for educational purposes, please refer to the Nations Online Project.

Satellite View of Antarctica

The Antarctica without the ice. Until now no sign of a lost civilisation from times after the continent detached from Gondwana supercontinent. But the continent is huge, more than 25 times the size of France, and when you use the map below you have to zoom in a lot to find any sign of human activity. Image: NASA Satellite View of Antarctica using Google Earth Data Satellite view is showing Antarctica, the most unknown place on this planet.

Earth's southernmost continent is located around the South Pole, the southern point of Earth's rotation axis. Antarctica lies within the Antarctic Circle, it is bordered by the Antarctic ocean also known as the Southern Ocean. The whole continent is almost entirely covered by ice sheets, permanent layers of frozen water. Oh, and yes, sorry, Google Maps uses a close variant of the Mercator map projection, so it hardly show areas around the poles, you only can see the "peeled" version of the Antarctica (see the small world map on the right).

So anyway, you may zoom in to explore this cool continent, or you may use Google Earth View of Antarctica. Zoom out to find the location of Antarctica's highest mountain or one of Antarctica's Ice streams, the Lambert Glacier, the world's largest glacier. It drains 8 % of the Antarctic ice sheet to the east and south of the Prince Charles Mountains. You also may find the strange Red Line near South Pole.