Sangeetha Pulapaka

It may surprise you to compare Antarctica to those warm, sandy expanses of land we call deserts. While it's true that most deserts are sandy and hot, the actual definition of a desert, as explained by, is a landscape that receives little precipitation – think rain, snow, drizzle, hail, or anything similar. As it doesn't rain or snow in Antarctica, this falls under the category of a polar desert.

Antarctica is also the coldest, windiest, highest and also driest continent on Earth. The extreme temperatures are constantly cold enough to freeze water, contributing to the many ice sheets, glaciers and icebergs you'll find there.