How Science Is Keeping Antarctica Ungoverned

How Science Is Keeping Antarctica Ungoverned

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Antarctica: a research utopia for international governments. Do natural resources threaten the peace on Earth’s only non-governed continent?

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Did You Know That Many Countries Have Research Stations In Antarctica?
“Antarctica is a continent with no permanent residents, but many researchers stay for short or long periods at one of the 75 research stations that have been established in Antarctica.”

Why Do So Many Nations Want A Piece Of Antarctica?
“No people shape Antarctica.
It is the driest, coldest, windiest place in the world. So why, then, have Britain, France, Norway, Australia, New Zealand, Chile and Argentina drawn lines on Antarctica’s map, carving up the empty ice with territorial claims?
Antarctica is not a country: it has no government and no indigenous population. Instead, the entire continent is set aside as a scientific preserve.”

Future Of Antarctica

Future of Antarctica

“Antarctica is fully protected from mineral exploitation and conflict. Under the Antarctic Treaty, Antarctica is a continent dedicated to peace and science. The Environmental Protocol (1991) also currently sets out a comprehensive protection of Antarctica.”


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