Early Southern Ocean explorers, sealers and whalers claimed for their
countries the islands closest to Antarctica as they discovered them in
the late 1700s and early 1800s. Once expeditions began to discover the
Antarctic continent, they too claimed the parts they saw. Seven Antarctic
territorial claims still exist today.
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claims: a slice of history, then look at the questions
- Why do you think countries wanted to claim part of Antarctica?
- Why do you think the claims are all wedge shaped?
- Why do you think there is a segment of Antarctica which no country
- Can you think of other places in the world which no country has claimed?
- Can you think of other parts of the world where different countries
disagree over who owns or controls territory? Would the Antarctic Treaty
approach work there? Why or why not?