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I think you can answer that from your very first sight of the terrain! It is the coldest, driest, most unproductive continent lying at the bottom of the world. The continent of Antarctica is covered by thick layers of ice and is only reachable in the summer months. There is no winter transport. This would be the first reason.


The second is that the only people there are research scientists and their support staff, most of whom are summer only residents. The temperature is so severe that a means of keeping the accommodation warm enough and stocked with supplies is reliant on supplies brought in the summer.

Survival outside is limited to intrepid explorers with months of preparation and specialist equipment and clothing. Without a reasonable means of having shops, houses, entertainment places and transport and with consistently miserable climate, who would want to live there.

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Antarctica is considered to be a continent because of its structure, and if you think that there is no life in Antarctica, then you are mistaken. Antarctica is the home of several animals who are having a hard time coping right now because the ice in Antarctica is starting to melt.

A continent is known to be a huge landmass that can be used to describe Antarctica. It should not be based on whether there is human life in Antarctica or not. It does not have a native population, but there are some people who visit this continent from time to time, usually to check out if there are some further changes that have occurred over the past years.

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One of the main differences between the north and south pole is their location but they will still have other differences than that. Both places are known to be extremely cold but the temperature in the south pole is known to be colder as compared to the north pole. The north pole is known to come with more flatlands while the south pole is known to be more mountainous.

The ice in the north pole is a few meters thick but the ice is expected to be even thicker in the south pole. The north pole does not have any mineral deposits while the south pole is rich in various mineral deposits. The type of animals that live in these places may also differ.

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The cheapest way to go to Antarctica is to take employment for the summer months at one of the research stations. The scientists nautrally need support staff, mainly catering and cleaning. If you are willing to undertake this work, I dare say your leisure time will offer some amazing opportunites to see the region and with the benefit of specialists who really know and understand it, and its dangers.


Otherwise, you can look on-line for last minute reductions on a cruise, but you need to have all your preparations for such a trip well in hand before you start your travel. Companies that specialise in adventurous travel, and those who specialise in long-haul destinations are the best sources of information for you.

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There is no president of Antarctica. It is divided into several regions, each with a different administrator. Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II is the ruler of four of these regions, which might seem strange. Other countries provide presidents or the like for other regions.


For instance, Oscar Ungar is the president of Swabia, for instance, and I believe he is Austrian. The reason for this is a worldwide wish for protection of this special region. It became a condominium, governed by parties to the Antarctic Treaty System.

Twelve countries signed the Antarctic Treaty in 1959. therefore, they are represented in this region and that have consulting status. No mining or military events can therefore be carried out there without worldwide knowledge, and the natural area is protected.

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Yes. Did you still think scientists go to Antarctica in voyages on ships? Occasionally they do, but Antarctica has its share of airports. There are about 20 airports in Antarctica supplying to over 45 permanent research stations and 30 summer stations. Traveling to Antarctica is still a challenge as there are blizzards and tourists are allowed to visit Antarctica only during summer.


Even you can fly to Antarctica although it's expensive and there are a lot of legalities involved. Traveling to Antarctica happens between the months of November and March when Antarctica receives over 20 hours of sunlight. Also, do not expect air hostesses and other debaucheries as most of the airports are just a few people from a nearby station who’ve come to pick you up on the runways made of frozen ice.

But if you’re planning to visit Antarctica, I would recommend a ship because of the sheer excitement of seeing icebergs, penguins and breaking through ice sheets to reach ports.

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Antarctica is at the bottom of the world and the least desirable place to live. why is it the coldest, driest region? Well, because the sun reachest it least. It is too cold for what sun it sees to melt the ice and warm up the place for things to grow. There are no trees to attract rain.


The oceans do not warm up sufficiently for evaporation and freezing or near freezing air cannot hold vapour like more temperate air. In winter, the amount of expanding sea ice along the coast nearly doubles the size of Antarctica and in fact only 2% of the continent is then visible.

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In the summer, the population of Antarctica rises to around 4.500 and there are other people in the surrounding waters mostly in support of the summer residents. In winter, only the most ardent scientists remain in their research stations - there is no other habitation - and then there may not be more than 1.000 in total.


It's the kind of remote splendour with penguin life to study as well as any ongoing research you may be involed in on your station, but there are no shops, places of entertainment, or anything otherwise to maintain you and there's no winter transport either, so you're stuck once the summer ends.

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The easiest way to travel to Antarctica is to book onto a cruise with a reputable company. That way, your flight and accommodation will be taken care of and you will be kept safe in a region where it is dangerous to be alone. The temperatures require special clothing, and special care about time spent out of a heated building.


However, if you are especially adventurous, it is possible to travel to Antarctica on a yacht. This option is more for specialist yachtsmen than your average tourist. The waters are treacherous and require exceptional sailing skill.

Aternatively, if you want to rough it - go on a ship resupplying the region. These ships are French and therefore arrangements have to be made with French authorities. The ship leaves from Réunion and the round-trip takes around a month. You could take a fly-over, but you probably want to experience the region near to. All else failing, sign up to a research station and work for the scientists, as a chef, perhaps.

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This depends on the behaviour of humans in all 7 continents. The greenhouse gases that are so damaging can be reduced by cutting down on those activities that produce them. Sadly, the US has recently unsubscribed from the worldwide commitment to doing so.


If the world continues with high emissions of heat-trapping gases, the Antarctic ice could melt within a few decades, according to recent scientific warnings which are based on aerial views of the ice packs in Western Antarctica.

The great ice sheet is (or was) larger than Mexico, and is thought to be vulnerable to disintegration from a relatively small amount of global warming. If the ice melts it could raise the sea level by 12 feet or more. Until recently, researchers long assumed the worst effects would take hundreds perhaps thousands of years to occur. Not so, now.

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