The icy continent surrounding the South Pole is called Antarctica. Its name means “opposite to the Arctic,” referring to the region around the North Pole. Antarctica is a cold and forbidding land that has no permanent human population and is almost devoid of animal or plant life. However, the ocean surrounding Antarctica teems with life.
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- Examine an Antarctic explorer using the pack materials. Write a diary entry from a day in the life of an explorer describing what might have happened during your expedition.
- Animals have adapted to the cold harsh conditions of the Antarctic, especially penguins. Identify the adaptations penguins have developed to survive these conditions, complete the table.
- Antarctica does not belong to any one nation, The Antarctic Treaty is essential to any discussion or decisions related to Antarctica. Think about how Antarctica is linked to conservation. Create a mind map summarising how Antarctica is used for conservation and any current threats e.g. Whaling, Mining, Pollution and Fishing to this purpose.
Featured Image from BRITANNICA SCHOOL: Adélie penguins and leopard seals. Photo by: Stockbyte/Thinkstock. Accessed 19 Feb. 2021.
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