Fantasy Friday – Antarctica

Perhaps my winter would end with a bit of snow this year?

I am quite perturbed about the lack of snow in most places in Canada and the USA. All I hear in my head is, “climate change, climate change, climate change”. I know there are abnormal years, and abnormal decades, but has our recorded history, or research ever seen something like this? Ak.

In search of snow to make me happy (for the moment)…

My surprise fantasy (surprise to myself, given the time of year) is – Antarctica….again

Talk about being lonely, read this cruise itinerary to Artactica

There are no indigenous people on Antarctica. The population varies from fewer than 1,000 in winter to over 50,000 in summer: 5,000 scientists from 27 of the countries party to the Antarctic Treaty, plus tourists. Last season 2010/2011 there were 33,824 tourists, the peak was the 2007/2008 season with 46,000 visitors.

Antarctica surrounds the South Pole. The nearest landmass is South America, which is over 620 miles from the tip of the Antarctic Peninsula.

Surface area: 14 million square miles (36 million square kilometers).

There is no indigenous government, management of the Antarctic is organised through the legal framework of the Antarctic Treaty of 1959. Forty-three nations are now party to this agreement, and seven of those – UK, Norway, Chile, France, Australia, Argentina and New Zealand – have historic claims on parts of the continent as national territory. The 1959 Antarctic Treaty preserves the status quo of the continent by neither recognizing nor rejecting the claims of these countries and by not allowing expansion in any way on the continent.

Antarctica currently has no economic activity apart from offshore fishing and tourism, and these are run by other nations (i.e. not the continent of Antarctica)

Eek. I need to go NOW, since it is summer there. I would actually still love to go, some winter in North America soon….

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