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24 Breathtaking Photos of Antarctica, One of the Remote Regions in the World

One of the most remote parts of the world contains some of the most beautiful photos.

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The ice

Antarctica is the least densely populated continent and mostly covered in ice. Even though not many people visit Antarctica, there are still many stunning wonders to behold. From wildlife to scientific research, Antarctica is a place full of intrigue. Here are 20 of the most remote places on Earth.

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Antarctic icebergs

While Antarctica may be remote, that doesn’t mean it’s devoid of life. On the Western Antarctic Peninsula, a couple of Gentoo Penguins and Chinstrap Penguins have fun on an iceberg. Here are 7 penguin secrets that were hidden for a century.

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The Collins glacier

Located on King George Island off the coast of Antarctica, the Collins glacier is a sad reminder of how climate change has impacted the environment. For the past decade, the glacier has retreated and melted away. Tourists tend to come to King George Island, the largest of the South Shetland Islands, as the first stop en route to the mainland of Antarctica.

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Icebergs and glaciers

Icebergs appear in a variety of shapes and forms, and this is iceberg floating before a glacier on the Western Antarctic Peninsula is no exception. These stunning sculptures are carved by freezing wind, cold temperatures, and water.

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An Adelie penguin

While Antarctica is called the land of ice, there are actually many green areas on the continent. Here, an Adelie penguin has a bit of fun on a rock at Yalour Island in Antarctica.

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Depth perception

It may take a few moments to fully grasp and recognize what’s in an image. On a section covered in snow in Yalour Island in Antarctica, Adelie penguins stand in the foreground and in the background. Here are 11 real places that look like optical illusions.

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A seal’s home

Antarctica is home to a variety of animals including seals, penguins, whales, and birds. Here, a Weddell seal is perfectly poised on the shore in Antarctica. Here are 9 true stories that prove animals feel the same emotions we do.

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A tourist’s visit

Before the pandemic, people were able to book tours and explore the most remote continent in the world. Here, tourists are exploring Orne Harbur in South Shetland Islands, Antarctica in fall 2019. Here’s what it’s really like to visit Antarctica.

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A royal’s visit

It’s not just tourists who visit Antarctica. On January 14, 2009, Prince Albert II of Monaco went with a team on a journey to the geographical South Pole in Antarctica. Here are 13 of the biggest mysteries surrounding the British royal family.

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The Weddell Sea

You can imagine the sunset from your home, but it’s hard to imagine the sunset in a remote part of the world. The Weddell Sea, according to Britannica, forms the southernmost tip of the Atlantic Ocean. Here are 13 fascinating facts about the world’s oceans.

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Penguins on the South Orkney Islands

Gentoo Penguins live in colonies on Antarctica and can grow up to 30 inches in height. Here, they’re photographed on Laurie Island, which is the second-largest island of the South Orkney Islands. Here are a few penguin facts and pictures that prove they’re the world’s most adorable animal.

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Marbled iceberg

A stunning marbled iceberg near South Orkney Island near Antarctica. Here’s what could happen if glaciers continue to melt.

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Penguin colony

Due to global warming, a Chinstrap Penguin colony is buried beneath lots of snow on Elephant Island in Antarctica. There are 19 penguin species, and Emperor penguin could sadly disappear by the end of the century.

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A lounging leopard seal

On a bit of ice in Lemaire Channel, a straight off Antarctica, a leopard seals takes some time to lounge. The photo was taken on February 8, 2019. Leopard seals are one of these 15 innocent-looking animals that are surprisingly dangerous.

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A bit of green in Antarctica

On Fildes Peninsula on King George Island, scientists walk along a moss-filled beach during the day. Here are 12 of the most peaceful places in the world.

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Adelie penguins

At Yalour Island, Adelie penguins seem to blend in with the snow-covered rocks. Can you spot the 17 animals camouflaged in these photos?

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Seals and penguins

You won’t often see natural enemies lounging together in one place. On a large piece of ice in Antarctica, an Adelie penguin and a crabeater seal are seen together. For more unusual animal pairings, this sweet friendship between a cat and a horse will melt your heart.

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Research in Antarctica

There are about 70 permanent research stations in Antarctica. Conducting research in Antarctica is essential. Here, Professor Korhan Ozkan, PhD, a lecturer at Middle East Technical University Institute of Marine Sciences in Turkey, is seen taking samples on Horseshoe Island.

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Galindez Island icebergs

Sometimes photos look too beautiful to be real, like these icebergs around Galindez Island in Antarctica. Here are 50 jaw-dropping photos of the world’s most beautiful countries.

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Interesting shapes

Icebergs come in all shapes and sizes, but you need to be careful and stay safe when on a boat near them, as they can sink even “unsinkable” ships. Here are 13 Titanic mysteries that may never be solved.

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Peaceful Antarctica

Sometimes, a picture really is worth a thousand words. In this photo, scientists on a research mission watch the stunning Antarctic scenery go by as they go through the Lemaire Channel in Antarctica. Here are a few of the most breathtaking places to visit before they disappear.

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Adelie penguins

On a snow-covered rock at Horseshoe Island, Adelie penguins are living their life and moving along.

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A humpback whale

Life happens so fast that if you blink you just might miss it. That’s the case in this photograph, where a humpback whale descends down into the Gerlache Strait in Antarctica. Here are 11 perfectly timed nature photos that look fake but aren’t.

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Crabeater seals

Crabeater seals are some of the most populous of seals, and their name is a misnomer. They don’t actually eat crabs, they eat krill! Here, a few crabeater seals swim along the Lemaire Channel in Antarctica. Here are 27 hilarious (but totally real) names for groups of animals.

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A beautiful view

There are some moments that are picture-perfect. Here, cliffs and glaciers provide stunning reflections in the water in Lemaire Channel. Next, here are the most stunning deep-sea sights in the world.

Madeline Wahl
Madeline Wahl is a Digital Associate Editor/Writer at RD.com. Previously, she worked for HuffPost and Golf Channel. Her writing has appeared on HuffPost, Red Magazine, McSweeney's, Pink Pangea, The Mighty, and Yahoo Lifestyle, among others. More of her work can be found on her website: www.madelinehwahl.com