Antarctica is the 5th largest continent (5.5 mil sq. mi)
geographic south poles
Magnetic South Pole
not located on land but in the ocean off the coast 66 degrees E 140 degrees S
largest supply of freshwater in the world
coldest, driest, highest and windiest continent
divide the continent in 2
a plateau surrounded by mountains and valleys
a group of separate islands linking by ice
land hidden by a thick ice sheet
6 months of darkness and 6 months of light
temp. most of the year is bitter cold dropping down to
Most of Antarctica
a polar desert that receives less than 1 inch of rain a year
first explorer to SEE Antarctica in 1772 but not explored until 1911
large number of resources of coal, minerals, and even oil
26 nations agreed NOT to mine Antarctica until 50 years
a scientific laboratory
In 1991, 36 nations signed it to protect thecontinent; forbids most activites that do not have scientific purposes
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