Antarctica - the most severe climatic regions of the Earth. The lowest recorded temperature is -89.2 ° C.
Now the northern hemisphere is in anticipation of the winter, and in the coming Antarctic summer, and a team of researchers from around the world sent here by using the (relatively) warm season. Among them are Russian scientists penetrated in February 2012 at the relict subglacial Lake Vostok, which is millions of years has been isolated from the outside world. This unique body of water is at a depth of 3700 meters below the surface of the glacier, and this summer the Arctic deep into the lake is planned to send a robot to collect water samples and sediments from the bottom.
In this feature, includes photographs of the mysterious world of Antarctica, since visited this icy continent is called the Antarctic adventure trip of a lifetime.
Polar stratospheric clouds or nacreous clouds in Antarctica, on January 11, 2011. Located at an altitude of 25 kilometers, they are the highest of all types of clouds. Found only in the polar regions, where the temperature in the stratosphere falls below 73 ° C. Learn about other unusual cloud formations can be in the article "Rare species of clouds».
Laboratory IceCube. This neutrino detector with the world's largest telescope, located in the ice of Antarctica, a mysterious world. Scientists are trying to unravel the mysteries of tiny particles - neutrinos, hoping to shed light on how the universe began.
Canal Jean Charles Peltier - French physicist (1785 - 1845). 17 May 2012.
South Polar Telescope (SPT). The official purpose of the American unit is studying the microwave background radiation and the universe, as well as the detection of dark matter. 11 January 2012.