Antarctica Antarctica is the southernmost continent. It is covered in a thick layer of ice and is surrounded by the Southern Ocean. Antarctica is the world's coldest, driest, and windiest continent. It is actually considered a desert because of how little precipitation it gets. The South Pole is located on Antarctica. Photo Gallery Lake Fryxell iceberg Argentian research station killer whale (orca) ice wall Ellsworth Mountains plane @McMurdo Station crabeater seal emperor penguins Wildlife Antarctic Treaty Did You Know?