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Antarctica

Range TypeContinent
Highest PointVinson Massif (4892 m/16,050 ft)
Area7,855,608 sq km / 3,033,053 sq mi
Area may include lowland areas
Extent13,274 km / 8,248 mi North-South
-20,142 km / -12,516 mi East-West
Center Lat/Long74° 58' S; 0° 4' W
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If you count ice as solid ground, Antarctica has the highest average elevation of any continent. If you don't, then it's the lowest, since the weight of the two-mile thick icecap has depressed the underlying rock to below sea level. Most of the interior of the continent is a vast, high, flat plateau of ice, much of it over 9000'/2500m high, but without enough relief to be called mountainous. Dome Argus, the summit of the gargantuan East Antarctic Ice Cap, is, at 4030m/13,222', perhaps the highest point of non-mountainous terrain in the world.

There are, however, several significantly mountainous areas in Antarctica. The Trans-Antarctic Mountians, in some ways an extention of the Andes after their temporary submergence under the Drake Passage, stretch for 2,000 miles clear across the continent, reaching their highest point in Mount Kirkpatrick (4528m/14,856') in the Queen Alexandra sub-range. The early south pole explorers--Shackleton, Amundsen, and Scott--had to force a passage through these intimidating peaks on their way south in the early 20th century.

The highest point in all Antarctica is Vinson Massif (5140m/16,864'), one of the high peaks of West Antarctica's Sentinel Range. Other significant summits that are virtually unknown are scattered about the continent, many of them of a stature that would make them famous if they were located anywhere else.

Map of Antarctica
Click on neighboring ranges to navigate to them.

Note: Range borders shown on map are an approximation and are not authoritative.

Other Ranges: To go to pages for other ranges either click on the map above, or on range names in the hierarchy snapshot below, which show the parent, siblings, and children of the Antarctica.
The WorldLevel 0 (Parent)
         North AmericaLevel 1 (Sibling)
         South AmericaLevel 1 (Sibling)
         EuropeLevel 1 (Sibling)
         AsiaLevel 1 (Sibling)
         AfricaLevel 1 (Sibling)
         Australia-OceaniaLevel 1 (Sibling)
         AntarcticaLevel 1
                 West Antarctica RangesLevel 2 (Child)
                 Transantarctic MountainsLevel 2 (Child)
                 East Antarctica RangesLevel 2 (Child)



Major Peaks of the Antarctica

Ten Highest Peaks
RankPeak NamemftRange2
1.Vinson Massif489216,050West Antarctica Ranges
2.Mount Tyree485215,919West Antarctica Ranges
3.Mount Shinn466115,292West Antarctica Ranges
4.Mount Epperly460215,098West Antarctica Ranges
5.Mount Gardner4587+15,049+West Antarctica Ranges
6.Mount Kirkpatrick452814,856Transantarctic Mountains
7.Mount Elizabeth448014,698Transantarctic Mountains
8.Mount Rutford447714,688West Antarctica Ranges
9.Mount Craddock436814,331West Antarctica Ranges
10.Mount Markham435114,275Transantarctic Mountains
Sub-peaks are excluded from this list. List may not be complete, since only summits in the PBC Database are included.
Child Range High Points
RankPeak NamemftRange2
1.Vinson Massif489216,050West Antarctica Ranges
2.Mount Kirkpatrick452814,856Transantarctic Mountains
3.Dome Argus409313,428East Antarctica Ranges



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