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Antarctica is the coldest, driest, windiest, and iciest continent on Earth. But in this incredibly unforgiving environment, life manages to find a way. Thousands of creatures rely on the frigid waters here—from the iconic animals that draw visitors each year like penguins, whales, and seals; to the abundance of seldom-seen species thriving in the depths of the sea. Read on for some fascinating stats and facts about life way down south.
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