It has an area of 14,000,000 km2 , with an average elevation of 2000 meters above sea level. Vinson Massif is the highest peak on the continent at 4897 m.a.s.l. Ninety-eight percent of the surface is covered by ice and it is home to the largest ice sheet on the planet, with some glaciers measuring over 3000 meters thick. It is a distinct landscape, made even more unique by the day and night cycles: during the summer months there is no night and therefore, twilight phases can last for several hours.
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