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Thursday, 29 August 2013

Antarctica and the Arctic

Antarctica

  • 14.0 million km2 in land mass
  • Fifth largest continent
  • It contains the geographic South Pole
  • -89oC is the coldest temperature
  • Nearly twice as big as Australia
  • 49 countries signed the Antarctic Treaty, which protects the ecozone and forbids other activities
  •  There are research stations on Antarctica
  • Roald Amundsen was the first person to reach the South Pole

If you don't know what an ecozone is you can find out here

Arctic

  • Arctic region is the northern most point on earth
  • Comes from Greek word, ἄρκτος (arktos) which means bear
  • -68oC is the coldest temperature
  • Global warming is causing the sea ice to get smaller
  • Arctic Council is made up of the USA, Finland, Iceland, Denmark (Greenland and the Faroe Islands), Canada, Russia, Norway, and Sweden, who mostly look after environmental issues, not boundary issues
  • Polar bears are found in the Arctic, but not in the Antarctic where penguins are found
  • No country owns the North Pole or the ocean around it

 

1 comment:

Tsana Plessius said...

Hi Robin,
You have presented a lot of information about Antarctica and the Arctic. It can be difficult deciding what is important enough to include when you only have a small space or time to present information.
Using bullet points has made it easy to read the facts you have shared.
Love Mama

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