Credits Nasa/Blue Marble

Antarctica and the Southern Ocean

Remarkable features
Antarctica's Surface  : 14 000 000 km2
Maximum ice height : 4 000 m
The Southern Ocean is the only one that flows round the Earth (from west to east); it thus connects Atlantic, Indian and Pacific oceans.
Currents : Antarctic Circumpolar Current (another name is West Wind Drift).

Southern Ocean on the Aviso website

  • The Antarctic Circumpolar Current as seen as altimetry on Google Earth (Download the kml file and open it in Google Earth).