Map: Greenland and Antarctic Ice Sheets

National Snow and Ice Data Center

Together, the Greenland and Antarctic Ice Sheets contain more than 99 percent of the freshwater ice on Earth.

The Antarctic Ice Sheet extends almost 14 million square kilometers (5.4 million square miles), roughly the area of the contiguous United States and Mexico combined. The Antarctic Ice Sheet contains 30 million cubic kilometers (7.2 million cubic miles) of ice. The Greenland Ice Sheet extends about 1.7 million square kilometers (656,000 square miles), covering most of the island of Greenland, three times the size of Texas.