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Antarctica's Transantarctic Mountains
The Transantarctic Mountains, which run 3,500 km across Antarctica between the Ross and Weddell seas, is one of the longest mountain ranges in the world. Its highest peak is Mount Kirkpatrick (4,528 m), which is home to an area rich with fossils of animals that lived in the region when it was warmer.
The range is distinct for featuring some of the only ice-free terrain on the continent, as well as a number of bare and jagged nunataks surrounded by plains of ice. While polar animals live along the coastland, the fauna of the interior region is restricted to lichens, fungi, algae, and bacteria.
Learn more about Antarctica, ice, and mountains with some of these Science NetLinks resources:
- Water 1: Water and Ice (K-2)
- Water 3: Melting and Freezing (K-2)
- The Water Cycle (3-5)
- Cool Idea (3-5)
- Shape It Up! (3-8)
- Temperature Changes Everything (6-8)
- Ping-Pong Avalanches (6-12)
- Abrupt Climate Change (9-12)
- Earth Movers (9-12)
- Frozen Planet: Portraits of Earth's Polar Regions (blog post)
- Teacher Heads South for PENGUIn and Penguins (blog post)