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Antarctica Facts

April 8, 2012

Antarctica Facts –  Antarctic Treaty Summary – the Antarctic Treaty, signed on 1 December 1959 and entered into force on 23 June 1961, establishes the legal framework for the management of Antarctica. The 24th Antarctic Treaty Consultative Meeting was held in Russia in July

Antarctica is located at the South Pole and is surrounded by the Southern Ocean. Over 98% of Antarctica is covered by ice. It is the driest and coldest continent on earth. 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 Facts Globe.gif Well, I really don’t know. I’ve never been to Alaska. You see, Alaska is a State in the northern part of North America. Antarctica, where I work, is a whole continent in the deep South, even further south than South America. If you have a globe,

the southernmost pinniped in the world. In what is known as reverse sexual dimorphism, males are generally smaller than females. A newborn pup has a coat of long hair, called lanugo, which they will shed within the first month as the protective layer of blubber is developed. Listen to a Weddell Seal underwater.

Antarctica Facts There is little exposed rock and, although milions of years ago there was heavy vegetation, today the only plants that grow are very small mosses and lichens. Antarctica is the highest, driest, windiest and coldest continent in the world.