Given that it’s home to more than 90 percent of the earth’s ice, life in Antarctica is difficult, at best. It’s cold—Antarctica holds the record for lowest recorded temperature (-128.56 F) on Earth; it’s dry—it’s the largest dessert on earth; it’s gusty (winds can reach more than 200 mph); and it’s inaccessible—the continent was first reached by a human in 1911 when Roald Amundsen landed at the South Pole. Visiting is still possible, and you should do it before more major ices shelves along the Antarctic Peninsula break apart even more.