What does Antarctica mean?

Definitions for Antarctica
æntˈɑrk tɪ kə, -ˈɑr tɪ-Antarc·ti·ca

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. Antarctica, Antarctic continent(noun)

    an extremely cold continent at the south pole almost entirely below the Antarctic Circle; covered by an ice cap up to 13,000 feet deep

    "Antarctica is twice the size of Australia"

Wiktionary

  1. Antarctica(ProperNoun)

    The southernmost continent, south of the Southern Ocean, containing the South Pole.

  2. Antarctica(ProperNoun)

    The wider South Polar region comprising the Antarctic Continent as well as the adjacent Antarctic and Subantarctic islands, and the Southern Ocean waters situated south of the Antarctic Convergence.

  3. Origin: From Antarctica, from ἀνταρκτικός, from ἀντ- + ἀρκτικός, from ἄρκτος

Wikipedia

  1. Antarctica

    Antarctica (UK: or , US: (listen)) is Earth's southernmost continent. It contains the geographic South Pole and is situated in the Antarctic region of the Southern Hemisphere, almost entirely south of the Antarctic Circle, and is surrounded by the Southern Ocean. At 14,200,000 square kilometres (5,500,000 square miles), it is the fifth-largest continent and nearly twice the size of Australia. At 0.00008 people per square kilometre, it is by far the least densely populated continent. About 98% of Antarctica is covered by ice that averages 1.9 km (1.2 mi; 6,200 ft) in thickness, which extends to all but the northernmost reaches of the Antarctic Peninsula. Antarctica, on average, is the coldest, driest, and windiest continent, and has the highest average elevation of all the continents. Most of Antarctica is a polar desert, with annual precipitation of 20 cm (7.9 in) along the coast and far less inland. The temperature in Antarctica has reached −89.2 °C (−128.6 °F) (or even −94.7 °C (−135.8 °F) as measured from space), though the average for the third quarter (the coldest part of the year) is −63 °C (−81 °F). Anywhere from 1,000 to 5,000 people reside throughout the year at research stations scattered across the continent. Organisms native to Antarctica include many types of algae, bacteria, fungi, plants, protista, and certain animals, such as mites, nematodes, penguins, seals and tardigrades. Vegetation, where it occurs, is tundra. Antarctica is noted as the last region on Earth in recorded history to be discovered, unseen until 1820 when the Russian expedition of Fabian Gottlieb von Bellingshausen and Mikhail Lazarev on Vostok and Mirny sighted the Fimbul ice shelf. The continent, however, remained largely neglected for the rest of the 19th century because of its hostile environment, lack of easily accessible resources, and isolation. In 1895, the first confirmed landing was conducted by a team of Norwegians. Antarctica is a de facto condominium, governed by parties to the Antarctic Treaty System that have consulting status. Twelve countries signed the Antarctic Treaty in 1959, and thirty-eight have signed it since then. The treaty prohibits military activities and mineral mining, prohibits nuclear explosions and nuclear waste disposal, supports scientific research, and protects the continent's ecozone. Ongoing experiments are conducted by more than 4,000 scientists from many nations.

Freebase

  1. Antarctica

    Antarctica is Earth's southernmost continent, containing the geographic South Pole. It is situated in the Antarctic region of the Southern Hemisphere, almost entirely south of the Antarctic Circle, and is surrounded by the Southern Ocean. At 14.0 million km², it is the fifth-largest continent in area after Asia, Africa, North America, and South America. For comparison, Antarctica is nearly twice the size of Australia. About 98% of Antarctica is covered by ice that averages at least 1 mile in thickness. Antarctica, on average, is the coldest, driest, and windiest continent, and has the highest average elevation of all the continents. Antarctica is considered a desert, with annual precipitation of only 200 mm along the coast and far less inland. The temperature in Antarctica has reached −89 °C. There are no permanent human residents, but anywhere from 1,000 to 5,000 people reside throughout the year at the research stations scattered across the continent. Only cold-adapted organisms survive there, including many types of algae, animals, bacteria, fungi, plants, and protista. Vegetation where it occurs is tundra.

Editors Contribution

  1. antarctica

    The continent containing the South Pole with an extensive thick layer of ice covering most of the continent, with a variety of vegetation, animals, marine life and plant life, a cold climate and a moderate amount of snowfall.

    Antarctica is the coldest of Earth's continents. The coldest natural temperature ever recorded on Earth was −89.2 °C (−128.6 °F) at the Soviet (now Russian) Vostok Station in Antarctica on 21 July 1983.

    Submitted by MaryC on January 19, 2017  

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of Antarctica in Chaldean Numerology is: 7

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of Antarctica in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9

Examples of Antarctica in a Sentence

  1. Alan Hemmings:

    We should not passively watch Antarctica being turned into a theme park.

  2. Jose Retamales:

    Antarctica in many ways is like another planet, it's a completely different world.

  3. Todd Smith:

    Traditional travelers choose Antarctica only after they have covered all other continents.

  4. Paul Lewis:

    I'd love to see a broadcast from Antarctica. I think that's the only country or territory we have not covered.

  5. Alex Kumar:

    By watching how the human body and mind adapts in Antarctica, we can plan and predict what would happen in space.

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