Antarctica is very big. It is in fact, around 58 times the size of the UK and, as the British Antarctic Survey‘s publicity people never tire of saying, it is the highest, coldest and windiest continent. Most of that area (99%) is covered in ice and snow, and there is very little animal or plant life at all. It’s also technically a desert – there is very little rain or snow fall – and there are some areas (the famous dry valleys) which get no precipitation at all.

For about 100 years now, people from many nations have been to the Antarctic, to explore and do scientific research. This year, I will be one of those people – I’m going to work at Rothera Research Station as a Communications Manager.