The white, snowy landscape of Antarctica is deceiving; it looks inviting, beautiful and unreal, but it’s one of the most hostile environments on the planet. The Antarctic winter wonderland registers an average temperature in winter of minus 34.4 Celsius (minus 30 degrees Fahrenheit). The coldest temperature ever registered on the planet was recorded in Antarctica in 1983 at minus 89 degrees Celsius (minus 129 degrees Fahrenheit). This absolutely freezing, spine-chilling temperature was registered at Vostok Research Station, which sits at the center of the East Antarctic Ice Sheet, about 800 miles (1,300 km) from the Geographic South Pole. It is the coldest, driest and windiest continent on Earth. Although Antarctica is 98% ice and the rest merely rocks, the area is teeming with life, or at least the sea is. The waters surrounding the ice are chock full of krill, squid, fish, seals and other creatures. The land, however, has no native mammals or amphibians. The only life to be seen are the 4,000 researchers that flock to the area every year to carry out their studies.