Map of Antarctica
Background: Speculation over the existence of a "southern land" was not confirmed until the early 1820s when British and American commercial operators and British and Russian national expeditions began exploring the Antarctic Peninsula region and other areas south of the Antarctic Circle. Not until 1840 was it established that Antarctica was indeed a continent and not just a group of islands. Several exploration "firsts" were achieved in the early 20th century. Following World War II, there was an upsurge in scientific research on the continent. A number of countries have set up year-round research stations on Antarctica. Seven have made territorial claims, but not all countries recognize these claims. In order to form a legal framework for the activities of nations on the continent, an Antarctic Treaty was negotiated that neither denies nor gives recognition to existing territorial claims; signed in 1959, it entered into force in 1961.
Photos from Antarctica
Blogs from Antarctica
Latest Blogs from Antarctica
- March 2nd 2014 Below the Circle
by Words: 1261 Photos: 33
- February 26th 2014 The last of the spilling photos... of Antarctica...
by Words: 88 Photos: 31
- February 24th 2014 Port Lockroy Museum, the Lemaire Channel and Peterman Island...
by Words: 122 Photos: 34
- February 23rd 2014 Why would I go to Antarctica?
by Words: 551 Photos: 22
- February 21st 2014 Sailing to Antarctica
by Words: 3813 Photos: 31
- February 19th 2014 Words of inspiration and humour...
by Words: 408 Photos: 33
- February 17th 2014 Finding the right words...
by Words: 1087 Photos: 25
- January 25th 2014 More Adventures from Antarctica...
by Words: 666 Photos: 39
- January 15th 2014 Absorbing the Peninsula
by Words: 475 Photos: 26
- January 4th 2014 An Icy Strangeness...
by Words: 382 Photos: 33
- January 1st 2014 Elephant and Gibb's...
by Words: 314 Photos: 23
- December 29th 2013 OUR EVOLUTION TO UTOPIA- THE PROMISED LAND!
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- December 7th 2013 Journey to the End of the World
by Words: 184 Photos: 70
- November 4th 2013 Antarctia 2012 - 2013 Season
by Words: 58 Photos: 54
- October 8th 2013 Flights, Bags and Shopping
by Words: 188 Photos: 0
- September 26th 2013 Trip of a lifetime to Antarctica
by Words: 45 Photos: 0
- August 25th 2013 Teheran ZTL
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- April 27th 2013 ANTARCTICA!!!
by Words: 1627 Photos: 80
- April 19th 2013 love the one your with
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- February 25th 2013 Antarctica
by Words: 104 Photos: 18