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Ice sculpted, Antarctica (South Pole) - 2004

Ice sculpted by the wind at the summit of Mount Discovery, Antarctica [South pole]
(78°18′ S – 164°02′ E).


Signed print

At the summit of this extinct volcano (2 681 m), the snow and the ice are sculpted by the Katabatic winds that blow in the transantarctic mountains. These winds which are extremely cold and violent start at the summit of the ice cap, and gather speed (up to 300 km/h) as they go down the slopes to the coasts. Because they are climatically isolated, Antarctica is covered in a 33 million km3 ice cap that is 4 700 m thick in places. The ice is so heavy that the continent is partly beneath sea level. This iced shell is – with the Southern ocean and the masses of water that flow to the Northern hemisphere -our planet’s largest system of climate control. Antarctica is a land of paradox : no other land has as much freshwater (70% of the Earth’s reserves) but as it is frozen, it is unavailable and this makes it the world’s most arid continent.


Taken in 2004, It is a silver photography. His original slide is stored by the Yann Arthus-Bertrand Studio in Paris.


Original work of Yann Arthus-Bertrand. The prints are made exclusively by the Yann Arthus-Bertrand Studio in Paris under the control of the artist himself.

Signed Print, (Not numbered)

All the signed prints include a white border
- Format 1, 2 & 3 = 2 cm of white border around the image
- Format 4, 5 = 4 cm of white border around the image
- Format 6 = 5 cm of white border around the image
Digital print made by the Yann Arthus-Bertrand Studio. Canon IPF 9400 Ink-jet printer, pigmentary ink, printing on acid free 100% cotton fibre paper (Museo Silver Rag)

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