December 20

Antarctica's Transantarctic Mountains Photo Credit: Image Credit: NASA / Michael Studinger

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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.

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