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Sizing up Antarctica

Use this page to find out how large the continent of Antarctica is and compare to other global regions.

How big is Antarctica?

Use this activity to help you work out the answer.

Compare the size of Antarctica to the sizes of the other continents and capital cities!

Antarctica is made up of three different parts, let’s explore!

Antarctica is a huge continent, and whilst some may just think of it as one place, there are actually three different parts.

These are the East Antarctic ice sheet, which is the largest, the West Antarctic ice sheet, and then the Antarctic Peninsula, which is the smallest. Access the download sheet here or above to find out about their true size.

For more detail about the different parts of the Antarctic continent, follow along to the Ice Sheets and Glaciation page.