Sunday, March 8, 2015

Who can truly claim Antarctica?

In a way, nobody can claim Antarctica. In another way, everybody can claim this frozen continent. In actuality, nobody owns Antarctica albeit 7 nations do somewhat have their mitts on certain regions while staking claims to certain portions of these great ice sheets. The 7 nations trying to get a piece of the arctic pie, is the United Kingdom, Argentina, Australia, Chile, New Zealand, Norway, and France. Good grief, France is involved? Are they looking for frozen pastries or something? LOL! Just joking, of course.

I do like this quote, however: "Neither the United States nor the Soviet Union, prime players on the southern stage, claims Antarctic territory nor honors the claims of others; however, both consider the continent politically important." You can read the elaborate version, here: www.globalclassroom.org/antarct9.html

At any frigid rate, the place is not like some populated area or anything of the like. Outside of the fish, birds, whales and seals that live on Antarctica, it is mostly ground for scientific experiments. Do you remember Lake Vostok? If not, I once wrote about that awesome, mysterious place, here: perpendicularity.org/blog/2013/03/03/lake-vostok-mystery-the-center-of-antarctica/

I have heard about secret bunkers and extraterrestrial activity in Antarctica, as well, but what would any story be like without those 2 primary components of mystery? Maybe the ice will quit melting and shifting and re-freezing in the wrong areas, or else we'll endure another polar shift via planetary weight displacement. Let's hope not! Dang, I'm way off subject here. Oh, the bottom line is, this is one continent that hasn't been claimed or dominated as of yet. Ain't that cool?

Image Credit: This file is in the public domain because it was solely created by NASA.

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