Area

14.2 million sq km

Currency

On bases: national currency, or US dollars, euros and British pounds.

If Antarctica Were 100 People

  • 56 would be tourists
  • 38 would be staff and crew
  • 6 would be scientists

Language Spoken

On bases: the national language of the base; English widely spoken on cruises

Percentage: Ice

  • 99.82 ice
  • 0.18 ice-free

Population per Sq Km

  • Antarctica (summer): .0003
  • USA: 35
  • China: 146

Time

There are no time zones in Antarctica. Most ships’ clocks are based on ports of departure.

Argentina GMT/UTC minus three hours

Chile GMT/UTC minus four hours

New Zealand GMT/UTC plus 12 hours

Visitors

  • Tourists (2016): 38,478
  • Staff (2016): 3714
  • Ship crew (2016): 22,357
  • Scientists & logistics support (summer): 4500