So far this term we have been exploring the more traditional idea of the desert - where we studied the Saudi Arabian and Egyptian peninsulas. However, now we are shifting our focus south. Far south, to the continent of Antarctica!
Not a landscape most people would label as a desert, but let's take a look back at the definition of a desert:
"A desert is dry, waterless landscape with little or no vegetation."
Well, the Antarctic is dry (with less that 5cm of rain a year!) and not much in the way of vegetation grows in those cold temperatures that can reach as low as -60 degrees celsius!
Over the next few weeks, we will be exploring this strange landscape, discovering the names and legends of those early Antarctic pioneers: Scott, Amundsen and Shackleton. You can discover more by viewing the websites linked below or visiting your local library for some amazing books on the Antarctic!