Antarctica: An Overview. Samantha Hansen, University of Alabama PolarTREC Orientation Meeting February 2012. Antarctica Fun Facts. 5 th largest land mass; 1.5 times the size of the U.S. Coldest, windiest, driest, highest, quietest, most remote, and least understood continent on Earth
Samantha Hansen, University of Alabama
PolarTREC Orientation Meeting
Technically, no one,but territory claims have been made.
Antarctica is to be used for peaceful purposes only; no military activities of any kind are permitted. Scientific program plans, personnel, observations, and results shall be freely exchanged. All land and ice shelves south of latitude 60°S are covered.
Disciplines: astronomy, atmospheric science, biology, earth science, environmental science, geology, glaciology, marine biology, oceanography, geophysics
South Pole telescope with Milky Way behind;
Aurora australis over South Pole station; Cullis (2009)
Landsat Image (2001)
Pictures near McMurdo; Hansen (2009)
Images from the Subglacial Lake Ellsworth Consortium
GAMSEIS field pictures; Hansen (2010)
Australian Antarctic Division