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Antarctica Trivia

Questions: Learn about Antarctica

  1. Which country is closest to Antarctica?
  2. Based on area, which continent is the bigger: Antarctica or Europe?
  3. Can you name the Norwegian explorer who led the first ever expedition to reach the Geographic South Pole?
  4. Can you name the highest peak in Antarctica?

  5. Which sea, named after a British explorer, is also known as The Last Ocean because it has been unchanged by human activity?
  6. Name the one-million-square-mile region of Antarctica claimed by Norway?
  7. What was the name of the Captain Scott led British Antarctic Expedition which took place between 1910 and 1913? (Hint: it was named after its supply ship.)
  8. Which country has the largest of any land claims to the continent, an area which covers 42 per cent of Antarctica?
  9. What was B-15?
  10. Which explorer led the 1914 to 1917 Imperial Trans-Antarctic Expedition?
  11. What was Emile Marco Palma's claim to fame in January 1979?
  12. Can you name the United States scientific research station at the South Pole?
  13. Name the highest active volcano in Antarctica? It's the second-highest volcano on the continent after Mount Sidley.
  14. What was discovered to be depleted above the Antarctic in 1985?
  15. Aside from the Adelie penguins, name the only other species of penguins which live there all year long?
  16. The Ross Dependency region of Antarctica is claimed by which country?
  17. Which major terrestrial vegetation type in Antarctica are partnerships between algae and fungi?
  18. Where is the only place besides Antarctica that still has an ice sheet?
  19. The South Pole lies how many miles from the nearest open water in the Bay of Whales: (a) 310 miles, (b) 510 miles, or (c) 810 miles?
  20. In 1958 which famous explorer led the party which was the first to reach the South Pole overland since Amundsen in 1911 and Scott in 1912?


  1. Chile
  2. Antarctica is bigger (at 5.5 million square miles, Europe is 3.8 million square miles)
  3. Roald Amundsen
  4. Vinson Massif (at 4,892 m (16,050 ft)... for comparison, Ben Nevis is 1,345 metres high)
  5. The Ross Sea
  6. Queen Maud Land
  7. The Terra Nova Expedition
  8. Australia (The Australian Antarctic Territory)
  9. The largest recorded iceberg by area (calved from Antarctica's Ross Ice Shelf in 2000)
  10. Sir Ernest Shackleton
  11. First baby ever born in Antarctica
  12. The Amundsen–Scott South Pole Station
  13. Mount Erebus
  14. Ozone
  15. The Emperor penguin
  16. New Zealand
  17. Lichens
  18. Greenland
  19. (c) 810 miles
  20. Sir Edmund Hillary