This undated handout photo received on March 17, 2015 from the Australian government's Antarctic Division shows a view of the Totten Glacier, the most rapidly thinning glacier in East Antarctica. AFP PHOTO/AUSTRALIAN ANTARCTIC DIVISION
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This tourist season, which runs November through March, more than 37,000 people are expected to visit the coldest continent on Earth, about 10 percent more than last season.While some tourists climb Mount Vinson, Antarctica's highest point at 4,892 meters, others seek a chance to take in the views of other-worldly terrain or snap pictures of massive groups of penguins as they bop in and out of the water.In this Feb. 2, 2015 photo, tourists jump as they pose for a picture, after disembarking from the Ocean Nova cruise ship, on King George Island, Antarctica.Antarctica is roughly the size of United States and Mexico combined, but tourists and the 4,000 or so scientists who live here part of the year mostly keep to areas that aren't permanently frozen and where wildlife can be found. This Feb. 2, 2015 photo shows the Ocean Nova cruise in Maxwell Bay, near King George Island, Antarctica.A more affordable option is Antarctica XXI, which offers plane and cruise ship trips starting at $10,000 for six nights, which is on top of the cost to fly to southern Chile.In this Jan. 28, 2015 photo, tourists take pictures at the entrance of the world's southernmost Eastern Orthodox church, the Holy Trinity, located on top of a rocky hill on King George Island, Antarctica.
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