History UsefulNotes / Antarctica

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).
1st Jan '14 2:05:15 AM sonikku956
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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 2012, 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, 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 2012, 2014, it's a barren waste; imagine trying to live there in 1850.
28th Nov '13 8:01:46 PM JIKTV
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It is also known as the home of the Emperor Penguins, and also the setting for the film ''March of the Penguins'' which documented the lives of the aforementioned penguins.

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It is also known as the home of the Emperor Penguins, and also the setting for the film ''March of the Penguins'' ''Film/MarchOfThePenguins'' which documented the lives of the aforementioned penguins.
6th Nov '13 8:32:00 PM JIKTV
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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 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 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 ColdWar.
UsefulNotes/ColdWar.
25th Oct '13 1:51:24 AM aurora369
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Maps of the place can't put 'north' at the top, of course, as once you're down there, everything's north. The usual convention is to have the 'top' of the round map be the Prime Meridian. The continent is then 'split' into West (in the Western hemisphere) and East Antarctica. The Western bit has the Antarctic peninsula, that dangly bit on the side that eventually meanders up to South America.

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Maps of the place can't put 'north' at the top, of course, as once you're down there, everything's north. The usual convention is to have the 'top' of the round map be the Prime Meridian. The continent is then 'split' into West (in the Western hemisphere) and East Antarctica. The Western bit has the Antarctic peninsula, that dangly bit on the side that eventually meanders up to South America.
America. Western Antarctica, which contains Graham Land and Marie Byrd Land, isn't all that bad; it houses a narrow strip of balmy ''Antarctic tundra'' along its shores, there were several whaling towns before the whole whaling business was shut down by environmental consciousness, and today there are two small settlements, the aforemented Villa las Estrellas and Esperanza Base. Eastern Antarctica, on the other hand, is ''deadly''. A mountain range called the Transantarctic separates them.
6th Oct '13 8:35:27 AM Viira
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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 [[IncrediblyLamePun 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 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 [[IncrediblyLamePun freezes]] 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 ColdWar.
19th Jul '13 12:32:30 PM MarkLungo
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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.GreenAntarctica.
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