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Old 12-19-2011, 11:35 AM
 
Location: Fortaleza, Brazil
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At least we have a "backup continent"...
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Old 01-11-2012, 04:26 AM
 
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Antarctica is the coldest, driest, windiest place on earth. Almost entirely covered in ice, the continent reflects most of the sun’s light and heat rather than absorbing it. he lowest temperature ever recorded was -129°F (-89.2°C) in July 1983, at the Russian station Vostok, inland of Australia's Casey station.You can find Current weather conditions on [url=http://www.krillfacts.org]Krill Facts - centre of information on Krill and Antarctica - KrillFacts.org[/url]
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Old 01-11-2012, 06:46 AM
 
Location: Perth, Western Australia
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The least uninhabitable part of Antarctica is along the Antarctic Peninsula near Argentina. Even at the far northern tip the climate cannot support a self sustaining community as the warmest months don't even have an average temperature above 3C/37F.
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Old 01-11-2012, 06:17 PM
 
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Russia and Canada are barely even populated. We still have these two giant countries before resorting to Antartica.
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Old 01-11-2012, 10:04 PM
 
Location: Victoria TX
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Umm---Why don't more people live in Labrador, or Western Sahara, or Sakhalin, or Luckenbach, Texas?

Part of the reason, by the way, that more people don't live in Antarctica, is because there is an international treaty, in which all nations have agreed not to establish any permanent residential settements there nor to make a national claim of sovereignty over any territory of Antarctica. Nations are permitted to occupy the continent only for the purpose of carrying out scientific research.

Of the nations that have signed the treaty, two of them did so on condition that they reserve the right to make a territorial claim. Needless to say, the USA is one of them. The other is the USSR (rights inherited by Russia). As usual, the USA is in good company. Which means the USA can just go down there and say "We're taking this all for ourselves" and it would not violate the treaty.

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Old 01-17-2012, 09:31 PM
 
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i love the map you posted I imagined it as a sovereign country with its major cities, I ve akways imagined an Antarctica as a country it wil be a powerhouse I hope one day South Africa take on Antarctica's sovereignty
Once I read that inded there are osome secret places on Antarctica tahta are not all ice but the media dont say it maybe there are alrwady more people living there and taking advantage on its rabundant resources
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Old 01-19-2012, 04:27 PM
 
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I'm not willing to look through but South Georgia Island, in that part of the world, is fascinating in that it had its own town but now has no permanent inhabitants.

the island - South Georgia Website

I think there might be ways to make a settlement on Antarctica profitable, but its distance from other land-masses and harsh conditions might make that difficult. Also there's international treaties that I think discourage it.

Still the idea of people in Antarctica has been bandied about on occasion. There's The Birth of the People's Republic of Antarctica and the century old Russian story "The Republic of the Southern Cross."

Amazon.com: The birth of the People's Republic of Antarctica (9780385278119): John Calvin Batchelor: Books
THE REPUBLIC OF THE SOUTHERN CROSS (1907, 1918 ed.) by Valery Bryusov
nearly reached 20c today in south georgia

KEP Weather Display
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Old 01-20-2012, 04:01 PM
 
Location: Central Florida
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I am sorry, but when I read the nic of the person who started this thread, it cracked me up!

That's all I've got to add....carry on.
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Old 01-21-2012, 10:40 AM
 
Location: Kingman AZ
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When they refused to build a Dunkin' Donuts there, I tore up my moving plans. No Dunkin' Donuts, no Antarctic MoMark.

Seriously...I'm suffering in Southwest Missouri where this month as been unusually cold. It's 45F outside at 2:36pm and the days seem to be alternating between low forties to high fifties when we should be 70F or more. I have the heater running right now and am thinking about lying over a floor vent with a blanket over me to capture the warmth. I can't imagine having to live in the sub-zero (by 100F) of somewhere like Antarctica! Even if they really did have a Dunkin' Donuts, though...that would lessen the misery momentarily
cause all you'd have would be DDCicles.
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Old 01-21-2012, 11:32 AM
 
Location: Southwest Suburbs
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The existence of Anarctica is one of the many examples of evidence that human life is coincidental. Everyone has already informed the OP why more people don't live there, so there is no need for me to repeat the same thing. I don't even like living in Northern Illinois during the period of December-March. Anarctica would be unbarrable and a complete nightmare.
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