Antarctica is a land of extremes: it is the coldest and driest continent on Earth and has the highest
average elevation. Scarcely touched by humans, the frozen land boasts breathtaking scenery, broken by only a handful
of scientific bases anda "permanent" population of scientists numbering only a few thousand. Visitors to Antarctica
generally must brave rough sea crossings aboard ice-strengthened vessels, but those who do are rewarded with amazing
scenery and tremendous and unique wildlife.