History UsefulNotes / Antarctica

29th Aug '17 2:47:46 AM KYCubbie
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* Creator/DavidAttenborough narrated ''Life in the Freezer'', a six-part Creator/{{BBC}} documentary on life in the continent and its surrounding seas.
2nd Aug '17 9:54:13 AM jamespolk
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!!Works set in Antarctica:

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* ''Film/EncountersAtTheEndOfTheWorld'' is a documentary about both the wilderness and fauna of Antarctica, and of the scientists that work there.
* ''Film/MarchOfThePenguins'' is a very popular documentary focusing on emperor penguins.

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* The Creator/MichaelPalin travelogue ''Pole to Pole'' ends, logically enough, at the South Pole, but not before Palin meets a guy trying to cross the continent on a motorcycle.
18th Jul '17 9:51:12 PM SimYouLater
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Another minor issue is the 'ozone hole'. In the mid-1980s, scientists noticed that the ozone layer over the south polar region would get very thin during springtime (for the southern hemisphere). This was traced to some man-made chemicals, usually called [='CFCs'=], for 'chlorofluorocarbons'. Most people finally figured out that atmospheric ozone is useful, and stopped making these.

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Another minor issue is the 'ozone hole'. In the mid-1980s, scientists noticed that the ozone layer over the south polar region would get very thin during springtime (for the southern hemisphere). This was traced to some man-made chemicals, usually called [='CFCs'=], for 'chlorofluorocarbons'. Most people finally figured out that atmospheric ozone is useful, and stopped making these.
these. [[GaiasLament Fortunately]], there seems to be signs that the [[UsefulNotes/ClimateChange ozone layer]] is [[InvertedTrope repairing itself]] in the absence of [=CFCs=].
25th Jun '17 10:25:39 AM nombretomado
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People had generally figured ''something'' was down here for quite a while. Even the ancient Greeks thought so, if only to help balance the rest of the land mass up north. According to TheOtherWiki, though, the first recognised discovery was around 1820 by a Russian expedition. And for most of the 19th century, that was about it. Even in 2014, it's a barren waste; imagine trying to live there in 1850.

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People had generally figured ''something'' was down here for quite a while. Even the ancient Greeks thought so, if only to help balance the rest of the land mass up north. According to TheOtherWiki, Wiki/TheOtherWiki, though, the first recognised discovery was around 1820 by a Russian expedition. And for most of the 19th century, that was about it. Even in 2014, it's a barren waste; imagine trying to live there in 1850.
10th Jun '17 9:31:23 PM ImperialMajestyXO
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There are many claims to the various parts of the country made by the likes of Britain, Argentina, Australia, Chile, etc. The current "government" of the continent is run by what is known as the Antarctic Treaty which was signed in 1959. The treaty [[PUn freezes]] all the territorial claims on the continent while setting it aside as a scientific reserve. It also bans all military activities on the continent, effectively making Antarctica a neutral country of sorts. And yes, the United States did sign this one, although 'reserving' the right to make a claim later if it feels like it. Right now it's just research stations. Still, it's nice to know that not bombing the place was worth the Antarctic Treaty System (there's a bunch now) being in general one of the first arms control treaties of the UsefulNotes/ColdWar.

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There are many claims to the various parts of the country made by the likes of Britain, Argentina, Australia, Chile, etc. The current "government" of the continent is run by what is known as the Antarctic Treaty which was signed in 1959. The treaty [[PUn [[{{Pun}} freezes]] all the territorial claims on the continent while setting it aside as a scientific reserve. It also bans all military activities on the continent, effectively making Antarctica a neutral country of sorts. And yes, the United States did sign this one, although 'reserving' the right to make a claim later if it feels like it. Right now it's just research stations. Still, it's nice to know that not bombing the place was worth the Antarctic Treaty System (there's a bunch now) being in general one of the first arms control treaties of the UsefulNotes/ColdWar.
18th Dec '16 11:36:20 PM Sabo88
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There are many claims to the various parts of the country made by the likes of Britain, Argentina, Australia, Chile, etc. The current "government" of the continent is run by what is known as the Antarctic Treaty which was signed in 1959. The treaty freezes all the territorial claims on the continent while setting it aside as a scientific reserve. It also bans all military activities on the continent, effectively making Antarctica a neutral country of sorts. And yes, the United States did sign this one, although 'reserving' the right to make a claim later if it feels like it. Right now it's just research stations. Still, it's nice to know that not bombing the place was worth the Antarctic Treaty System (there's a bunch now) being in general one of the first arms control treaties of the UsefulNotes/ColdWar.

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There are many claims to the various parts of the country made by the likes of Britain, Argentina, Australia, Chile, etc. The current "government" of the continent is run by what is known as the Antarctic Treaty which was signed in 1959. The treaty freezes [[PUn freezes]] all the territorial claims on the continent while setting it aside as a scientific reserve. It also bans all military activities on the continent, effectively making Antarctica a neutral country of sorts. And yes, the United States did sign this one, although 'reserving' the right to make a claim later if it feels like it. Right now it's just research stations. Still, it's nice to know that not bombing the place was worth the Antarctic Treaty System (there's a bunch now) being in general one of the first arms control treaties of the UsefulNotes/ColdWar.
20th Jul '16 6:39:03 PM VanHohenheimOfXerxes
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Antarctica is the southernmost continent in the world. It is also the only one that doesn't have any permanent residents, hence the lack of independent countries in the continent. Other extremes include 'highest' and 'driest'--seriously, it's a desert down there.

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Antarctica is the southernmost continent in the world. It is also the only one that doesn't have any permanent human residents, hence the lack of independent countries in the continent. Other extremes include 'highest' and 'driest'--seriously, it's a desert down there.
19th Jul '16 2:47:13 PM MsChibi
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Recently, Antarctica was named the most [[QueerAsTropes LGBT+]]-friendly continent on Earth. This most likely [[AsbestosFreeCereal has more to do with the inherent nature of Antarctica than anything else]]: [[HumansAreBastards there are no permanent human residents]], no corporations or companies based in Antarctica, and no lawmaking bodies either in Antarctica or abroad making laws unfavorable (or, for that matter favorable) towards LGBT+ people. (It also helps that some penguins are known to form same-sex pair bonds, and even [[HasTwoMommies raise eggs together]].)
8th May '15 2:33:55 AM SeptimusHeap
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See also MysteriousAntarctica for older depictions of Antarctica, EverythingsBetterWithPenguins for its main inhabitants and PolarBearsAndPenguins for the usual confusion between them, the polar bears and their respective habitats. If you're not careful, you risk to be ReassignedToAntarctica, also. Do not confuse with GreenAntarctica.

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See also MysteriousAntarctica for older depictions of Antarctica, EverythingsBetterWithPenguins for its main inhabitants and PolarBearsAndPenguins for the usual confusion between them, the polar bears and their respective habitats. If you're not careful, you risk to be ReassignedToAntarctica, also. Do not confuse with GreenAntarctica.''Literature/GreenAntarctica''.
1st Feb '15 6:22:38 AM aurora369
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However, these territorial claims are considered invalid by the majority of nations (signatories of the Antarctic Treaty, which include USA, Russia and China).

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However, these territorial claims are considered invalid by the majority of nations (signatories of the Antarctic Treaty, which include USA, Russia and China).
China). Also, despite Russia being a signatory of the treaty and thus withholding any official claim, Russian nationalistic circles often unofficially claim the entire continent by right of first discovery (it was discovered by a Russian expedition).
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