Fatcs about Antarctica?
Pollution, exploit, preserve, tourists
- Anonymous1 decade agoFavorite Answer
You'll find lots of information at this website:
- 1 decade ago
Tourists: Small-scale tourism has existed since 1957 and is currently self-regulated by International Association of Antarctic Tour Operators (IAATO). However, not all vessels have joined the IAATO. Several ships transport people into Antarctica for specific scenic locations. A total of 27,950 tourists visited in the 2004-05 Antarctic summer with nearly all of them coming from commercial ships. The number is predicted to increase to over 80,000 by 2010. There has been some recent concern over the adverse environmental and ecosystem affects caused by the influx of visitors. A call for stricter regulations for ships and a tourism quota have been made by both environmentalists and scientists. Antarctic sight seeing flights (which did not land) operated out of Australia and New Zealand until the crash of Air New Zealand Flight 901 in 1979 on Mount Erebus, and resumed from Australia in the mid-1990s.
Preserve: Since 1959, claims on Antarctica have been suspended and the continent is considered politically neutral. Its status is regulated by the 1959 Antarctic Treaty and other related agreements, collectively called the Antarctic Treaty System. For the purposes of the Treaty System, Antarctica is defined as all land and ice shelves south of 60°S. The treaty was signed by 12 countries, including the Soviet Union and the United States. It set aside Antarctica as a scientific preserve, established freedom of scientific investigation, environmental protection, and banned military activity on that continent. This was the first arms control agreement established during the Cold War.
The Antarctic Treaty prohibits any military activity in Antarctica, such as the establishment of military bases and fortifications, the carrying out of military manoeuvres, or the testing of any type of weapon. Military personnel or equipment are only permitted for scientific research or for other peaceful purposes. The only documented large-scale land military maneuver was Operation NINETY, undertaken ten years before the Antarctic Treaty by the Argentine military.
- 1 decade ago
ANTartica is the only continent having no ANT. if you don't want to have a flu, go here in antartica and you will get very well because the influenza cannot survive in a very cold place like this. if you have no refrigerator then go here and put your goods. if your drink lost its coldness, go here to get many ices. if you want a huge place for ice skating for free, you may go here.