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
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Antarctica: An Overview
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
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