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The remote continent of Antarctica is the coldest, highest and windiest place on Earth. With more than 90% of the world's ice and almost no precipitation, it is a frozen desert spanning an area larger than Europe. Winter temperatures plummet as low as -90C, making Antarctica the only uninhabited continent, without ownership or government. Yet a select few plants and animals are able to survive in this hostile environment, including millions of penguins, amongst them the Emperor penguin, which breeds during the Antarctic winter. Tourism in the region is governed by strict environmental guidelines. Most visitors approach from Chile and head for the Antarctic Peninsula with its huge penguin colonies and abundant marine life, attracting large marine predators such as the leopard seal and killer whale.

Chinstrap penguins (Pygoscelis antarctica) on a blue iceberg, with Antarctic Prion (Pachyptila desolata) flying over. Antarctica - Bryan and Cherry Alexander
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Bryan and Cherry Alexander / Chinstrap penguins (Pygoscelis antarctica) on a blue iceberg, with Antarctic Prion (Pachyptila desolata) flying over. Antarctica
Iceberg reflected in sea, Fournier Bay, Antarctica (non-ex) - Andy Rouse
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Andy Rouse / Iceberg reflected in sea, Fournier Bay, Antarctica (non-ex)
Arctic tern (Sterna Paradisaea) hovering in flight over an iceberg.Peterman Island, Antarctic Peninsula, Antarctica. February. - Nick Garbutt
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Nick Garbutt / Arctic tern (Sterna Paradisaea) hovering in flight over an iceberg.Peterman Island, Antarctic Peninsula, Antarctica. February.
Moon (almost full) rising over antarctic landscape, Antarctica - Fred Olivier
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Fred Olivier / Moon (almost full) rising over antarctic landscape, Antarctica
Emperor penguin {Aptenodytes forsteri} brooding chick on feet Weddell Sea, Antarctica - DAVID TIPLING
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DAVID TIPLING / Emperor penguin {Aptenodytes forsteri} brooding chick on feet Weddell Sea, Antarctica
Curious Emperor penguin (Aptenodytes forsteri) chicks with adults in the Snow Hill Island colony. Antarctica, October 2006. - Bryan and Cherry Alexander
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Bryan and Cherry Alexander / Curious Emperor penguin (Aptenodytes forsteri) chicks with adults in the Snow Hill Island colony. Antarctica, October 2006.
Adelie penguin (Pygoscelis adeliae) jumping over ice, Antarctica - Klein & Hubert
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Klein & Hubert / Adelie penguin (Pygoscelis adeliae) jumping over ice, Antarctica
Family portrait of Emperor penguin (Aptenodytes forsteri) parents and chick at Snow Hill Island rookery, Weddell Sea, Antarctica, November - Sue Flood
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Sue Flood / Family portrait of Emperor penguin (Aptenodytes forsteri) parents and chick at Snow Hill Island rookery, Weddell Sea, Antarctica, November
Tide crack in ice, Antarctica - Fred Olivier
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Fred Olivier / Tide crack in ice, Antarctica
Coastline with iceberg, Antarctic Peninsula - Staffan Widstrand
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Staffan Widstrand / Coastline with iceberg, Antarctic Peninsula
Sunlit iceberg in field of icebergs with stormy sky, Antarctica - Martha Holmes
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Martha Holmes / Sunlit iceberg in field of icebergs with stormy sky, Antarctica
Ice window formed by erosion, Antarctica - Martha Holmes
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Martha Holmes / Ice window formed by erosion, Antarctica
Sunset over Antarctic waters with floating ice, Antarctica - Pete Oxford
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Pete Oxford / Sunset over Antarctic waters with floating ice, Antarctica
Weddell seal (Leptonychotes weddellii) male surfacing in ice hole, McMurdo Sound, Ross Sea, Antarctica, November 2008 - Neil Lucas
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Neil Lucas / Weddell seal (Leptonychotes weddellii) male surfacing in ice hole, McMurdo Sound, Ross Sea, Antarctica, November 2008
Iceberg prow, summer, Antarctica - Martha Holmes
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Martha Holmes / Iceberg prow, summer, Antarctica
Ice arch iceberg showing the portion underwater that is sculpted by the sea. Polar regions. Digitally created image composite - Bryan and Cherry Alexander
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Bryan and Cherry Alexander / Ice arch iceberg showing the portion underwater that is sculpted by the sea. Polar regions. Digitally created image composite
Tabular iceberg showing the portion underwater that is sculpted by the sea. Polar regions. Digitally created image composite - Bryan and Cherry Alexander
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Bryan and Cherry Alexander / Tabular iceberg showing the portion underwater that is sculpted by the sea. Polar regions. Digitally created image composite
Adelie penguin (Pygoscelis Adeliae) in falling snow on the western Antarctic Peninsula, Southern Ocean - Steven Kazlowski
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Steven Kazlowski / Adelie penguin (Pygoscelis Adeliae) in falling snow on the western Antarctic Peninsula, Southern Ocean
Two Adelie Penguins {Pygoscelis adeliae} on iceberg, Antarctica - Edwin Giesbers
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Edwin Giesbers / Two Adelie Penguins {Pygoscelis adeliae} on iceberg, Antarctica
Adelie penguins (Pygoscelis adeliae), adults and chicks begging, Paulet Island, Antarctica. - Carol Walker
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Carol Walker / Adelie penguins (Pygoscelis adeliae), adults and chicks begging, Paulet Island, Antarctica.
Adelie penguin (Pygoscelis Adeliae) on glacial ice along the western Antarctic Peninsula, Southern Ocean - Steven Kazlowski
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Steven Kazlowski / Adelie penguin (Pygoscelis Adeliae) on glacial ice along the western Antarctic Peninsula, Southern Ocean
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Research icebreaker ship, Polarstern, moored on ice floe, Weddell Sea, Antarctica (Image not available for advertising use) - Ingo Arndt
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Ingo Arndt / Research icebreaker ship, Polarstern, moored on ice floe, Weddell Sea, Antarctica (Image not available for advertising use)
Looking through iceberg arch to the ^Akademik Ioffe^ research ship, Antarctica December 2007 - Adam Burton
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Adam Burton / Looking through iceberg arch to the ^Akademik Ioffe^ research ship, Antarctica December 2007
Tabular iceberg on a calm sea, Antarctic Peninsula, Antarctic Sound, Antarctica. December 2015. - Rick Price
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Rick Price / Tabular iceberg on a calm sea, Antarctic Peninsula, Antarctic Sound, Antarctica. December 2015.
Crack in ice floe in front of icebreaker ship Polarstern. ISPOL (ICE Station Polarstern) Expedition 2004/2005 from Alfred Wegener Institute, Bremerhaven, Germany. The Icebreaker Polarstern was driftin... - Ingo Arndt
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Ingo Arndt / Crack in ice floe in front of icebreaker ship Polarstern. ISPOL (ICE Station Polarstern) Expedition 2004/2005 from Alfred Wegener Institute, Bremerhaven, Germany. The Icebreaker Polarstern was driftin...
People walking down a snow slope to Windy Ridge, with altocumulus undulatus clouds above them. Patriot Hills. West Antarctica, January 2006. - Bryan and Cherry Alexander
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Bryan and Cherry Alexander / People walking down a snow slope to Windy Ridge, with altocumulus undulatus clouds above them. Patriot Hills. West Antarctica, January 2006.
Three people hiking in the Patriot Hills as part of the Antarctic Experience. West Antarctica, January 2006. - Bryan and Cherry Alexander
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Bryan and Cherry Alexander / Three people hiking in the Patriot Hills as part of the Antarctic Experience. West Antarctica, January 2006.
Tourists in inflatable boat watching Leopard seal {Hydrurga leptonyx} hauled out on ice, Antarctica 2008 - Edwin Giesbers
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Edwin Giesbers / Tourists in inflatable boat watching Leopard seal {Hydrurga leptonyx} hauled out on ice, Antarctica 2008
British Antarctic Survey airplane in flight over the Antarctic Peninsula. Antarctica, February 2009 - Tim Laman
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Tim Laman / British Antarctic Survey airplane in flight over the Antarctic Peninsula. Antarctica, February 2009
Chinstrap Penguin {Pygoscelis antarctica} face portrait, Antarctica - Edwin Giesbers
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Edwin Giesbers / Chinstrap Penguin {Pygoscelis antarctica} face portrait, Antarctica
Chinstrap penguins (Pygoscelis antarcticus) on snowy rocks. Half Moon Island, South Shetland Islands, Antarctica, October. - Bryan and Cherry Alexander
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Bryan and Cherry Alexander / Chinstrap penguins (Pygoscelis antarcticus) on snowy rocks. Half Moon Island, South Shetland Islands, Antarctica, October.
Ice formations on iceberg, Antarctica, February 2006 - Andy Rouse
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Andy Rouse / Ice formations on iceberg, Antarctica, February 2006
Iceberg detail with light coming through opening underwater, Antarctica, February - Tim Laman
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Tim Laman / Iceberg detail with light coming through opening underwater, Antarctica, February
Mountains on the coast of Neumeyer channel, Antarctic Peninsula - Sylvain Cordier
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Sylvain Cordier / Mountains on the coast of Neumeyer channel, Antarctic Peninsula
A large hole in an iceberg with icicles hanging. Yalour Islands, Antarctic Peninsula, Antarctica, December. - Brent Stephenson
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Brent Stephenson / A large hole in an iceberg with icicles hanging. Yalour Islands, Antarctic Peninsula, Antarctica, December.
Gentoo penguin (Pygoscelis papua) group on iceberg, Mikkelsen Harbour, Antarctica Not available for ringtone/wallpaper use. - Andy Rouse
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Andy Rouse / Gentoo penguin (Pygoscelis papua) group on iceberg, Mikkelsen Harbour, Antarctica Not available for ringtone/wallpaper use.
Killer whales / orcas (Orcinus orca) pod traveling in waters off the western Antarctic Peninsula, Southern Ocean - Steven Kazlowski
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Steven Kazlowski / Killer whales / orcas (Orcinus orca) pod traveling in waters off the western Antarctic Peninsula, Southern Ocean
Killer whale / orca (Orcinus orca) in waters off the western Antarctic Peninsula, Antarctica, Southern Ocean - Steven Kazlowski
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Steven Kazlowski / Killer whale / orca (Orcinus orca) in waters off the western Antarctic Peninsula, Antarctica, Southern Ocean
Wandering albatross {Diomedea exulans} flying over open ocean, South Atlantic - Ian McCarthy
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Ian McCarthy / Wandering albatross {Diomedea exulans} flying over open ocean, South Atlantic
Black-browed albatross {Thalassarche / Diomedea melanophrys} in flight with iceberg in background, Southern Ocean. - Kim Taylor
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Kim Taylor / Black-browed albatross {Thalassarche / Diomedea melanophrys} in flight with iceberg in background, Southern Ocean.
Black-browed albatross (Thalassarche  melanophrys) pair in courtship display, New Island, Falklands, November - David Tipling
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David Tipling / Black-browed albatross (Thalassarche melanophrys) pair in courtship display, New Island, Falklands, November
Black browed Albatross (Thalassarche melanophrys) in flight over water during SY ^Adele^'s passage from Port Stanley to South Georgia, January 2007 - Rick Tomlinson
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Rick Tomlinson / Black browed Albatross (Thalassarche melanophrys) in flight over water during SY ^Adele^'s passage from Port Stanley to South Georgia, January 2007
Icicles hanging from an undercut iceberg by the shore of Snow Hill Island, Antarctica, October 2006. - Bryan and Cherry Alexander
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Bryan and Cherry Alexander / Icicles hanging from an undercut iceberg by the shore of Snow Hill Island, Antarctica, October 2006.
Arched iceberg floating off the western Antarctic peninsula, Southern Ocean - Steven Kazlowski
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Steven Kazlowski / Arched iceberg floating off the western Antarctic peninsula, Southern Ocean
Iceberg drifting off Antarctic Peninsula coast, Antarctica December 2007 - Adam Burton
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Adam Burton / Iceberg drifting off Antarctic Peninsula coast, Antarctica December 2007
Looking out from a frozen ice cave, McMurdo Sound, Ross Sea, Antarctica, November 2008 - Neil Lucas
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Neil Lucas / Looking out from a frozen ice cave, McMurdo Sound, Ross Sea, Antarctica, November 2008
Photographer with telephoto lens on tripod waiting for Emperor penguin (Aptenodytes forsteri) to move further away. Snow Hill Island, Antarctica, October. - Bryan and Cherry Alexander
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Bryan and Cherry Alexander / Photographer with telephoto lens on tripod waiting for Emperor penguin (Aptenodytes forsteri) to move further away. Snow Hill Island, Antarctica, October.
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