Is Arctic the coldest or is Antarctica?
Antarctica is about 30 degrees F colder than the Arctic, because Antarctica is a continent and the Arctic is covered with sea ice.
It doesn't. The South Pole has the coldest winter. Much of Antarctica is more than 2 miles above sea level, and temperature decreases with elevation. In addition, the Arctic Ocean covers the North Pole-- and the ocean's relative warmth is transferred through the icepack and prevents temperatures in the Arctic regions from reaching the extremes typical of the land surface of Antarctica.