Antarctica, the coldest, driest, and windiest continent, with the highest average elevation of all the continents. Antarctica is a desert, with annual precipitation of only 200 mm (8 in) along the coast and far less inland.
And Antarctica is my favorite wilderness area.
It is a vast, mostly unspoiled place of staggering beauty and amazing wildlife.
Antarctica is noted as the last region on Earth in recorded history to be discovered. Myths and speculation about a Terra Australis (“Southern Land”) date back to antiquity but the continent was unseen until 1820 when the Russian expedition of Fabian Gottlieb von Bellingshausen and Mikhail Lazarev on Vostok and Mirny sighted the Fimbul ice shelf. But even then, the continent remained largely neglected for the rest of the 19th century because of its hostile environment, lack of easily accessible resources, and its extreme isolation. It took until 1895 before a team of Norwegians made the first confirmed landing on the actual Antarctic continent.