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  Antarctica - Crystalinks
Antarctica is home to more than 70 lakes that lie thousands of metres under the surface of the continental ice sheet.
West Antarctica was partially in the northern hemisphere, and during this period large amounts of sandstones, limestones and shales were deposited.
Glaciologists in Antarctica are concerned with the study of the history and dynamics of floating ice, seasonal snow, glaciers, and ice sheets.
www.crystalinks.com /antarctica.html   (3799 words)

  
 NationMaster - Encyclopedia: Geography of Antarctica
Physically Antarctica is divided in two by mountains close to the neck between the Ross Sea and the Weddell Sea.
Western Antarctica and Eastern Antarctica correspond roughly to the eastern and western hemispheres relative to the Greenwich meridian.
Map of Antarctica, with Wilkes Land slightly to the right Wilkes Land is a large district of land in eastern Antarctica, formally claimed by Australia as part of the Australian Antarctic Territory, though this claim is not legally recognised by the signatories of the Antarctic Treaty, which includes Australia itself.
www.nationmaster.com /encyclopedia/Geography-of-Antarctica   (2003 words)

  
  Antarctica - HighBeam Encyclopedia   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-05)
Antarctica consists of two major regions: W Antarctica (c.2,500,000 sq mi/6,475,000 sq km), a mountainous archipelago that includes the Antarctic Peninsula, and E Antarctica (c.3,000,000 sq mi/7,770,000 sq km), geologically a continental shield.
Antarctica's frigid nature was revealed by the second voyage (1772-75) of the English explorer Capt. James Cook.
The Weddell Sea border of E Antarctica was seen first by Bruce (1904), and it was later explored by the German expedition of Dr. Wilhelm Filchner, discoverer of the Filchner Ice Shelf, whose ship was beset and drifted in the Weddell Sea through the winter of 1912 before being released.
www.encyclopedia.com /doc/1E1-antarctica.html   (3574 words)

  
 AllRefer.com - Antarctica : Geology and Geography, Antarctica (Antarctic Physical Geography) - Encyclopedia
Antarctica consists of two major regions: W Antarctica (c.2,500,000 sq mi/6,475,000 sq km), a mountainous archipelago that includes the Antarctic Peninsula, and E Antarctica (c.3,000,000 sq mi/7,770,000 sq km), geologically a continental shield.
In W Antarctica there is great variation in the subglacial relief, suggesting mountainous islands or submerged ranges separated by deep sounds beneath the ice cover.
The ice-drowned, mountainous archipelago of W Antarctica is related to the Andes Mts.
reference.allrefer.com /encyclopedia/A/Antarctica-geology-and-geography.html   (844 words)

  
 Virtual Antarctica Science: Geography
The most distinctive feature of Antarctica is its ice cap -- by far the largest body of ice in the world, and the largest body of fresh water, comprising nearly 70 % of the earth's total.
In general, Antarctica is described as the continent and its adjacent islands.
Antarctica is also the highest continent in the world, with an estimated average altitude of 7500 feet (2300 m).
www.doc.ic.ac.uk /~kpt/terraquest/va/science/geography/geography.html   (687 words)

  
 Excite España - Viajes - America Del Sur - Antarctica
Antarctica is the largest remaining wilderness on Earth and is still relatively untouched by human impact.
It covers an area of 13.6 million sq km around the South Pole and is covered with an ice sheet 4km (2.5 miles) deep.
The main human activity undertaken in Antarctica is scientific research, and it was at the British Halley research station that the hole in the ozone layer was discovered in 1985.
www.excite.es /viajes/guias/america_del_sur/antarctica   (111 words)

  
 Geography Olympics -- Antarctica
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.
Antarctica is administered through meetings of the consultative member nations.
www.geographyzone.com /countries/ay.html   (1077 words)

  
 Antarctica - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
At 14.425 million km², Antarctica is the third-smallest continent after Europe and Australia; 98% of it is covered in ice.
Antarctica is home to more than 70 lakes that lie thousands of meters under the surface of the continental ice sheet.
Meteorites from Antarctica are an important area of study of material formed early in the solar system; most are thought to come from asteroids, but some may have originated on larger planets.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Antarctica   (4999 words)

  
 Wikinfo | Antarctica
Antarctica is a continent surrounding the Earth's South Pole.
It is not to be confused with the arctic, which is located near the Earth's North Pole.
Antarctica has no permanent residents, but a number of governments maintain permanent research stations on the continent.
www.wikinfo.org /wiki.php?title=Antarctica   (393 words)

  
 Geography of Antarctica - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Physically Antarctica is divided in two by mountains close to the neck between the Ross Sea and the Weddell Sea.
Western Antarctica and Eastern Antarctica correspond roughly to the eastern and western hemispheres relative to the Greenwich meridian.
The dry valleys of Antarctica are a particularly interesting region of Antarctica.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Geography_of_Antarctica   (543 words)

  
 Online class has Antarctica option
After a trip to Antarctica in January, Professor Stephen Brackett, a geography teacher for Rio Salado College in Tempe, developed an Internet course exploring the continent and the importance of its conservation.
"Antarctica is also an excellent destination for physical geographers, geologists, meteorologists, hydrologists, etc," he said.
The course is GPH 194: Special Topics in Geography: An Introduction to Antarctica.
www.azcentral.com /rsslinks/189303   (390 words)

  
 Dive and Discover : Antarctica : Location & Geography
Antarctica is just slightly larger than another continent in the southern hemisphere, Australia.
Under the surface of Antarctica, all is not cold and quiet.
Antarctica is also home to Lake Vostok, one of the world's largest lakes.
www.divediscover.whoi.edu /antarctica/infomod.html   (332 words)

  
 antarctica: geography
Antarctica is the fifth largest continent and lies entirely within the Southern Hemisphere.
East Antarctica is made up of a platform of old rocks, with younger rocks on top.
It is in East Antarctica on the edge of the Ross Ice Shelf.
www.funsocialstudies.learninghaven.com /articles/antarctica.htm   (678 words)

  
 Malaysia's Antarctica Expedition · About Antarctica · Geography
Antarctica is the fifth-largest continent following Asia, Africa, North America, and South America, but larger than Australia and the subcontinent of Europe.
The average thickness of the ice sheet on Antarctica is 2.3km (1.5 miles).
Antarctica can be divided into 3 parts; East Antarctica(7.77 million sq km), West Antarctica (6.475 million sq km) and Antarctica Peninsula.
antarctica.mir.com.my /about/geo.html   (300 words)

  
 Surface temperature in Antarctica
E, though the highest point in Antarctica is the Vinson Massif at 5,440 m in West Australia.
The volume of the ice sheet over Antarctica is now about the same as that of the ice over North America during the last Ice Age.
The average warming at 15 coastal stations around Antarctica during 1959-88 was 0.028 K/a, i.e.
www-das.uwyo.edu /~geerts/cwx/notes/chap03/antarctica.html   (885 words)

  
 Antarctica Books, books about Antarctica Natural History, wildlife and geography, Recommended Titles
But there is one aspect of Antarctica they never see, perhaps the most interesting of all-the world beneath the ice.
Most of the contributors are specialists in Antarctica, and less than a quarter of the book covers the Arctic.
Relatively few titles have been written on the natural history of Antarctica: this environmental study provides an important foundation for understanding the region and its natural history; from animals to the movement of ice.
coolantarctica.com /Shop/antarctica_book_shop_wildlife_geography.htm   (2288 words)

  
 Excite UK - Travel - South America - Antarctica - General
The constitutional position of Antarctica is governed by the terms of the Antarctic Treaty of 1959 (which came into effect in 1961), which was signed initially by Argentina, Australia, Chile, France, New Zealand, Norway, the UK, Belgium, Japan, South Africa, the USA and the former USSR.
Antarctica’s ice and sediment cores provide insights into how the world’s climatic system functioned in the past.
Studies of the Antarctic ice sheet help predict future sea levels, knowledge which is crucial to our future given that 50 per cent of the world’s population lives in coastal areas.
travel.excite.co.uk /travel/guides/south_america/antarctica/General   (775 words)

  
 Geography Olympics -- Antarctica
Not until 1840 was it established that Antarctica was indeed a continent and not just a group of islands.
Antarctica is administered through meetings of the consultative member nations.
Public Law 95-541, the US Antarctic Conservation Act of 1978, as amended in 1996, requires expeditions from the US to Antarctica to notify, in advance, the Office of Oceans, Room 5805, Department of State, Washington, DC 20520, which reports such plans to other nations as required by the Antarctic Treaty.
www.geographyolympics.com /countries/ay.html   (1077 words)

  
 Antarctic Geography
The two largest, both nearly as large as Texas, are the Ross Ice Shelf (in the south), and the Ronne Ice Shelf (in the northwest).
The ice shelves are permanent features in Antarctica, and are generally between 50 and 200 m (160-650 feet) thick.
Most of East Antarctica is covered by a very thick ice sheet, typically over 2 km (1.2 miles), and as a result this is the highest region of Antarctia.
students.washington.edu /srh13/SPole/Geography.html   (1346 words)

  
 Geography for Kids: Antarctica
Antarctica is located at the South Pole and is surrounded by the Southern Ocean.
Antarctica is the fifth largest continent based on size, but it is the smallest in population with a population of 0 (although some people do visit).
Antarctica has no countries and no portions of the continent are owned by any country.
www.ducksters.com /geography/antarctic.php   (187 words)

  
 Antarctica
It shows the thickness of the ice shelf covering Antarctica with depths given in meters as well as the Ross and Ronne Ice shelves along with other, smaller such sheets of ice and the glaciers feeding each.
There is a small insert showing the bedrock surface of Antarctica incorporating a chart showing the movement of its sea-ice sheets and prevailing winds as well as a cross-section showing how the ice covers the continent.
Lastly, National Geographic also provides facts and figures relating to the geography of Antarctica, for example, covering topics such as marine life, ice coring, glaciers and so on.
www.masonsmaps.com /prod34.htm   (237 words)

  
 Clark University | Geography
The journal is committed to publishing the best theoretically-based empirical articles that deepen the understanding of significant economic geography issues around the world.
Clark Geography is one of the only degree-granting programs to have its own commercially distributed Geographic Information System -- the IDRISI GIS and Image Processing System.
Clark has a long tradition of producing women geographers as detailed by Janice Monk in her AAG Special Issue of Economic Geography (1998).
www.clarku.edu /departments/geography   (335 words)

  
 CSISS Search: Geography
Chapter 2 Geography Education and GIS In the workshop discussions summarized in chapter 1, teachers saw GIS as having a potential impact in a wide variety of courses at the secondary level.
This paper defines the notion and concepts of Naive Geography, the field of study that is concerned with formal models of the common-sense geographic world.
Naive Geography is envisioned to comprise a set of theories that provide the basis for designing future Geographic Information Systems that follow human intuition and are, therefore, easily accessible to a large range of users.
www.csiss.org /cgi-bin/texis/webinator/tjw98?db=db&query=Geography   (856 words)

  
 LESSON PLANS: 217 Antarctica Lessons reviewed by Teachers
Antarctica: A Cold Desert Ecosystem - Students construct a rough map of Antarctic ecosystems and explore relationships among the creatures that populate them.
They write a paper pretending to be scientists reporting on the status of emperor penguin populations.
Australia, Oceania, and Antarctica Today - Students explore the importance of research in Antarctica, then explain how snow becomes part of the Antarctic ice cap.
www.lessonplanet.com /search/Geography/Continents/Antarctica   (416 words)

  
 Geography
USGS Geography confronts some of the most pressing natural resource and environmental issues of our Nation.
Observing the Earth with remote sensing satellites, USGS geographers monitor and analyze changes on the land, study connections between people and the land, and provide society with relevant science information to inform public decisions.
For more information on the Famine Early Warning System Network (FEWS), a network designed to distribute information that enables timely measures to be taken to prevent food-insecure conditions in 22 countries, visit Early Warning and Monitoring Program and FEWS NET.
geography.usgs.gov   (401 words)

  
 Geography Antarctica Essay
How can a glass sphere get on to the continent, when I’m only supposed to float in the ocean?” There will be more on that later, but for now I’ll tell you how my adventure all started.
  Each year icebergs are formed from collapsed ice cliffs and the ice sheet of Antarctica, and every year there are literally thousands of them floating around the place before they move to warmer water and melt.
          While I have been drifting around this large and vast continent, I’ve noticed that the East side of Antarctica has about 88% of the ice sheet and that the West is smaller with the highest mountain peak.
www.angelfire.com /ca6/rroll/joseph.html   (2732 words)

  
 Antarctica Books, books about Antarctica Natural History, wildlife and geography, Recommended Titles
A splendid, prize-winning portrait of Antarctica, the land and its history and especially its marine life.
Written with authority and love, Campbell's vivid essays on fossils, glaciers, history and wildlife of the Antarctic Peninsula are an excellent introduction to the area.
There are nonetheless many of the animal species of Antarctica and plenty of glaciers, icebergs and authentic Antarctic windy weather.
www.coolantarctica.com /Shop/antarctica_book_shop_wildlife_geography.htm   (2288 words)

  
 To the End of the Earth: Antarctica - Geography
East Antarctica is colder than West Antarctica because of its higher elevation.
Active volcanoes exist on Deception Island and isolated areas of West Antarctica, but other seismic activity is rare and weak.
Geographic note: Antarctica is the coldest, windiest, highest and driest continent.
www.entreeventurenetwork.com /Antarctica/geography.shtml   (413 words)

  
 Antarctica
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.
www.socialstudiesmadesimple.com /antarctica.htm   (602 words)

  
 ThinkQuest : Library Search
Our focus is to teach about the explorers, climate, land, ice formations, animals, and history of Antarctica.
Some people (like scientists, astronauts, and inventors) are exploring space, Antarctica, science, or the ocean.
This is a website about animals of regions in Alaska, Antarctica, Canada, Greenland, and the Arctic.
www.thinkquest.org /library/search.html?search_text=antarctica   (491 words)

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