With an area of 13.5 million square kilometers, the Antarctic continent occupies around ten percent of the world’s land area and is thus far larger than Europe. With temperatures between minus 15 and minus 40 degrees Celsius in summer and record temperatures of up to minus 89.2 degrees Celsius in winter (measured 1983 in the Russian Vostok Station), 98 percent of Antarctica is covered with ice, making it the largest ice desert on earth.
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