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Definition of the noun antarctica

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noun - plural: -

  1. 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 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 1.9 kilometres in thickness, which extends to all but the northernmost reaches of the Antarctic Peninsula.


Antarctica was an American indie rock band from New York existing from 1995 until 1999, generally considered post-rock, shoegazing, or electronica, having been compared with early Cure. Their output consisted of two well-regarded releases, and individual members have been in other bands before and since Antarctica.


  1. "Antarctica" is a Vangelis soundtrack to the 1983 Japanese film Antarctica by Koreyoshi Kurahara. For years, the soundtrack album was only available in Japan, appearing in other countries as a rare and expensive import, when in 1988 Polydor finally decided to release the album worldwide.
  2. "Antarctica" is The Secret Handshake's first full-length album. It was released in 2004. Besides the Summer of '98 EP, it is the only The Secret Handshake release not available on iTunes. Though this album can not be found in stores, Luis Dubuc has said that he still has copies of Antarctica though they are not listed in TSH's merch store.
  3. "Antarctica" is a musical album of Nigel Westlake, soundtrack.
    • also known as Antarctica Soundtrack
    • released in (24 years ago)
  4. "Antarctica" is a musical album of To Kill.
    • released in (6 years ago)
  5. "Antarctica" is a musical album of Cold Sun.
    • released on (12 years ago)
  6. "Antarctica" is a composition.
  7. "Antarctica" is a musical single of Hedison & Clind.
    • released in (16 years ago)
  8. "Antarctica" is a musical album of Nonexistence.
    • released on
  9. "Antarctica" is a musical album of Fyrce Muons.
    • released on
  10. "Antarctica" is a musical single of Sound of Guns.
    • released on
  11. "Antarctica" is a musical single of Simon Wilkinson.
    • released on (8 years ago)
  12. "Antarctica" is a musical album of Douglas Quin.
    • released in (18 years ago)
  13. "Antarctica" is a musical album of Mike Callander.
    • released on
  14. "Antarctica" is a musical album of The Cherry Blues Project.
    • released on
  15. "Antarctica" is a musical album of Øystein Jørgensen.
    • released on (4 years ago)
  16. "antarctica" is a musical album of Alex Mauer.
    • released in (9 years ago)
  17. "Antarctica" is a composition.
  18. "Antarctica" is a musical album of The Prayer Chain.
    • released in (20 years ago)
  19. "Antarctica" is a musical album of Metamorfrozen.
    • released on (8 years ago)
  20. "Antarctica" is a musical album of Ian Tamblyn.
    • released in (22 years ago)


  1. "Antarctica" is a novel written by Kim Stanley Robinson. It deals with a variety of characters living at or visiting an Antarctic research station. It incorporates many of Robinson's common themes, including scientific process and the importance of environmental protection.
    • also known as "Antartida"
    • language: English Language
    • genres: Science Fiction, Speculative fiction
    • subjects: Ecology, Antarctica
    • copyright: 1997
    • released in (19 years ago)
    • award: - Locus Award for Best Science Fiction Novel nomination for Kim Stanley Robinson
  2. "Antarctica" is a book by David McGonigal.
    • genres: Reference, Nature, Travel
    • subjects: Geography, Polar regions of Earth, Antarctica, Ecology, Natural history
  3. "Antarctica" is a book by Walter Dean Myers.
    • also known as "Antarctica (hc)"
    • subjects: Polar regions of Earth, Geography, Antarctica


  1. "Antarctica" is a 1983 Japanese film directed by Koreyoshi Kurahara and starring Ken Takakura. Its plot centers on the 1958 ill-fated Japanese scientific expedition to the South Pole, its dramatic rescue from the impossible weather conditions on the return journey, the relationship between the scientists and their loyal and hard-working Sakhalin huskies, particularly the lead dogs Taro and Jiro, and fates of the 15 dogs left behind to fend for themselves.
  2. "Antarctica" a.k.a. "Eight Below" is a 2006 American adventure drama film directed by Frank Marshall and written by David DiGilio. It stars Paul Walker, Bruce Greenwood, Moon Bloodgood, and Jason Biggs. It was released theatrically on February 17, 2006, by Walt Disney Pictures in the United States. The film is set in Antarctica, but was filmed in Svalbard, Norway, Greenland, and British Columbia, Canada.
  3. "Antarctica": Like last year’s The Bubble, Antarctica follows the lives of a group of young people living in Tel Aviv but takes a very different and more upbeat approach. Instead of a politically astute tragedy, director Yair Hochner gives us a wacky comedy that ignores politics altogether while focusing on its characters’ domestic and romantic problems.
  4. "Antarctica" a.k.a. "Antarctica: IMAX": This large format film explores the last great wilderness on earth. It takes you to the coldest, driest, windiest continent, Antarctica. The film explores life in Antarctica, both for the animals that live there and the scientists that work there.
  5. "Antarctica" is a 2012 short documentary film directed by Brodie Giles.

Phrases with Antarctica

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  16. Avena antarctica
  17. Bibio Antarctica
  18. Ciona Antarctica
  19. Enipo Antarctica
  20. Huara antarctica

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Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Antarctica

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Google previewLiterature of Nature (1998)

An International Sourcebook by Patrick D. Murphy, Terry Gifford, Katsunori Yamazato

Antarctica is the earth's fifth largest continent with an area of about 14 million square kilometers (5.4 million square miles)...

About 300 F colder than corresponding northern latitudes, Antarctica is a continent lapped by oceans, anti -Arctic in the ...

Google previewTricky Grammar, Grade 4 (2011)

by Alex Shirran, Jennifer Sun

Even though Antarctica is a large While they were on the moon, two continent, it contains no countries. astronauts planted an American flag. A. Even though Antarctica is a A. on the moon large Comment B astronauts planted B. it contains no ...

Google previewObjective English, 4/e

by Edgar Thorpe, Showick Thorpe

While East Antarctica is a very large pre-Cambrian shield which was once part of the ancient Gondwana landmass (which existed a billion years ago and included Africa, India,Australia, arid South America, and broke up 65 million years ago), ...

Google previewTake Five Minutes: Fascinating Facts about Geography (2003)

by Ruth Foster

Despite the snow and ice, Antarctica is the driest continent on Earth. On the polar ice cap, only one to...

Antarctica is an island because it is surrounded by water on all sides. It is considered a...

The Arctic region is an ocean surrounded by continents; Antarctica is a vast continent surrounded by water. The Arctic Ocean is a ...

Google previewBuilding Planet Earth (2000)

Five Billion Years of Earth History by Peter John Cattermole

Antarctica is the Earth's highest continent, more than half of it being over 2000 m above sea level.

Google previewThe World According to Gore (2007)

The Incredible Vision of the Man who Should be President by Bill Katovsky

Antarctica is the frontier of the ecological crisis. [It] plays a far more significant role than any other part of the Earth in the global climate system. For one thing, the cold waters surrounding the continent absorb more carbon dioxide from the ...

Google previewThe Physics of Ice (2013)

by E. R. Pounder

Antarctica is a continent, almost 3000 miles (4800 km) across, surrounded by an ocean with no land divisions from the...

Antarctica is the coldest place on earth— a temperature of ...

Google previewPhaeocystis, major link in the biogeochemical cycling of climate-relevant elements (2007)

by M.A. van Leeuwe, J. Stefels, S. Belviso, C. Lancelot, P.G. Verity, W.W.C. Gieskes

Phaeocystis antarctica is an important contributor to total autotrophic production and the biogeochemical cycling of carbon and sulfur in the Southern Ocean. Here we report the results of a laboratory culture experiment in which we examined ...

Google previewLeadership Lessons from the Race to the South Pole: Why Amundsen Lived and Scott Died (2015)

Why Amundsen Lived and Scott Died by Fergus O'Connell

Antarctica is a mass of ice and rock that contains the South Pole. It is the fifth-largest continent and lies almost entirely within the Antarctic Circle. Apart from a small international scientific staff that works in and from a base at the ...

Google previewThe Seventh Continent (2013)

Antarctica in a Resource Age by Deborah Shapley

Antarctica is the earth's seventh continent and the only one without native human inhabitants. It is the only one whose mineral resources are essentially unexamined and untapped, and the only one whose living resources—found in great ...

Google previewAtlas of Antarctica (2012)

Topographic Maps from Geostatistical Analysis of Satellite Radar Altimeter Data by Ute Christina Herzfeld

Antarctica is a remote and large continent, and hence , despite a long history of sea- and land- based expeditions, often combined with aerial observations, many areas have not been visited by mankind to this date.

Google previewCovenant: Exodus (2016)

Book One by Dave Schmoekel

“Because Antarctica is the least explored area of the world. There are no permanent residents of...

Google previewAntarctisch milieuprotocol en de nationale juridische implementatie (2003)

by Kees Bastmeijer, C. J. Bastmeijer

Facts about Antarctica Antarctica is a great wilderness with breathtaking landscapes, extreme climate conditions and an extraordinary fauna and flora. Unlike the Arctic, Antarctica is a continent, covering about 14 million square kilometres, ...

Google previewThe Complete Idiot's Guide to Geography (2004)

by Joseph Gonzalez, Thomas E. Sherer

Even though almost its entire surface is covered with continental glacial ice, Antarctica is solid land. Antarctica is the fifth largest of the earth's seven continents. It's smaller than Asia, Africa, and North and South America, and larger than Europe ...

Google previewThe International Law of Fisheries (1987)

A Framework for Policy-Oriented Inquiries by Douglas M. Johnston

Antarctica is the last, most inhospitable frontier on earth, yet it presents a great number of unresolved conflicts between nations, individuals, environmentalists, scientists & business groups.

Google previewInternational Encyclopedia of Environmental Politics (2002)

by John Barry, E. Gene Frankland

Antarctica References Blum, D. (l994) The Monkey Wars, New York: Oxford University Press. Clarke, P. and Linzey, A. (eds) (l990) Political Theory and Animal Rights, London: Pluto Press. Garner, R. (l993) Animals, Politics and ...

Google previewThe Antarctic Dictionary (2000)

A Complete Guide to Antarctic English by Bernadette Hince

Antarctica: voices from the silent continent Montagne leunesse Co.. UK: 1 8. South Georgia. although a good deal further east. lies only two degrees south of the Falklands. One could be excused. therefore. for expecting a similar aspect and ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Environmental Science (2000)

by John F. Mongillo, Linda Zierdt-Warshaw

The ice sheets' weight is so great that in many areas ice has actually pushed the land below sea level; without its ice cover, Antarctica would eventually rebound another 450 meters (1,476 feet) above sea level. During the Antarctic summer, ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of global warming and climate change (2008)

A-E by S. George Philander

Around 35 million years ago, the climate grew cold enough for glaciers to form on Antarctica. Yet, by 4 million years ago, the glaciers had melted and forests had returned to Antarctica. The forests were transitory: within one million years ...

Google previewThe Arms Control, Disarmament, and Military Security Dictionary (2007)

by Jeffrey M. Elliot, Robert Reginald

An arms control agreement banning all weapons and military activities on the continent of Antarctica. The 1959 Antarctic Treaty declared that the area south of 60 degrees south ...

Google previewA Dictionary of English Names of Plants (1884)

Applied in England and Among English-speaking People to Cultivated and Wild Plants, Trees, and Shrubs by William Miller

Dicksonia antarctica Tree, Burke's. Oyathea Burkei Tree, Dwarf Brazilian. Blechnum brasiliense Tree, Jamaica. Dicksonia dissecta Tree, New Zealand. Dicksonia antarctica, D. lanata, and D. squarrosa Tree, New Zealand Gray. Cyathea ...

Google previewCassell's Dictionary of Practical Gardening (1901)

An Illustrated Encyclopædia of Practical Horticulture for All Classes by Walter Page Wright

DICKSOXIA ANTARCTICA. (296) (297) (298) Principal Species :— amhigua, 2}] Jy., yel. Dichrotrichum Dicksonia coloured spikes, the upper being perfect and yellow, the lower neuter and pink or purplish. Propagated by cuttings in a ...

Google previewA Dictionary of Popular Names of the Plants which Furnish the Natural and Acquired Wants of Man, in All Matters of Domestic and General Economy (1882)

Their History, Products, & Uses by John Smith

Fagus antarctica, also a large tree, native of Terra del Fuego, but differing from the preceding in the leaves being deciduous. These two last species were introduced to the Royal Gardens, Kew, in 1841, and great hopes were entertained that ...


by McGraw-Hill Education

{an'tag-amiz-am } Antarctica [GEOGR] A continent roughly centered on the South Pole and surrounded by an ocean consisting of the southern parts of the Atlantic, Pacific, and Indian oceans. { lant'ard-ik-a} antarctic air [METEOROL] A type of ...

Google previewDictionary of Earth Science (2002)

by McGraw-Hill Education

{a'nak-sik |z6n} Antarctica [GEOGR] A continent roughly centered on the South Pole and surrounded by an ocean consisting of the southern parts of the Atlantic, Pacific, and Indian oceans. {,ant'ard~ik-s} antarctic air [METEOROL] A type of air ...

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Consider this: I can go to Antarctica and get cash from an ATM without a glitch, but should I fall ill during my travels, a hospital there could not access my medical records or know what medications I am on. (Nathan Deal)
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The value of this 10-letter word is 14 points, but it's not an accepted word in the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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