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    Friday, November 28, 2008




    Antarctica Countries

    Antarctica Information and History

    This highest, driest, and coldest continent was referred to in the 17th century as Terra Australis Incognita—unknown southern land. Although the continent is still largely a mystery, what is known is that Antarctica's delicate ecosystem is in danger.

    Scientists are studying environmental changes that have resulted in a vast decline in numbers of krill—tiny, shrimplike creatures that are the backbone of the food chain in the surrounding seas. As Antarctica becomes less isolated, the challenge will be to protect these ecosystems and the seals, penguins, and whales that rely on them.

    Antarctica Features
    Photo: Troll Castle
    Join an expedition of six daring mountaineers on the bottom of the world as they summit never-before-scaled peaks and explore the otherworldly terrain of Queen Maud Land.
    Photo: Byrd Expedition
    Join Admiral Richard E. Byrd in 1928 as he leads a team of explorers to the coldest continent on Earth.
    Photo: Weddell Seal, Antarctica
    Find all the animals, from the crabeater seal to the killer whale, and learn about their habitat in our virtual world.


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