Antarctica

geographical name

Ant·​arc·​ti·​ca ˌant-ˈärk-ti-kə How to pronounce Antarctica (audio)
-ˈär-ti-
continent around the South Pole; a plateau covered by a great ice cap and mountain peaks area about 5,500,000 square miles (14,300,000 square kilometers)

Note: Antarctica is divided by the Transantarctic Mountains into West Antarctica (which includes the Antarctic Peninsula) and East Antarctica .

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“Antarctica.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Antarctica. Accessed 1 Dec. 2022.

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