Antarctic continent


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Noun1.Antarctic continent - an extremely cold continent at the south pole almost entirely below the Antarctic CircleAntarctic continent - an extremely cold continent at the south pole almost entirely below the Antarctic Circle; covered by an ice cap up to 13,000 feet deep; "Antarctica is twice the size of Australia"
Antarctic, Antarctic Zone, South Frigid Zone - the region around the south pole: Antarctica and surrounding waters
Adelie Coast, Adelie Land, Terre Adelie - a costal region of Antarctica to the south of Australia; noted for its large colonies of penguins
Coats Land - a region of western Antarctica along the southeastern shore of the Weddell Sea
Enderby Land - a region of Antarctica between Queen Maud Land and Wilkes Land; claimed by Australia
Queen Maud Land - a region of Antarctica between Enderby Land and the Weddell Sea; claimed by Norway
South Pole - the southernmost point of the Earth's axis
Victoria Land - a mountainous area of Antarctica bounded by the Ross Sea and Wilkes Land
Wilkes Land - a coastal region of Antarctica on the Indian Ocean to the south of Australia; most of the territory is claimed by Australia
Admiralty Range - mountains in Antarctica to the north of Victoria Land
Antarctic Peninsula, Palmer Peninsula - a large peninsula of Antarctica that extends some 1200 miles north toward South America; separates the Weddell Sea from the South Pacific
Ross Sea - an arm of the southern Pacific Ocean in Antarctica
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As a result, current research is often focused on the shallow seas right next to the Antarctic continent, where most of this transformation takes place.
He added: 'Pine-Island and Thwaites Glacier in the West of the Antarctic continent are increasingly losing ice for three decades already, and computer simulations support that we see a marine ice sheet instability happening here potentially leading to additional global sea-level rise of more than 3 meters.
Shackleton's third voyage on August 1914 was the most ambitious-- to cross the Antarctic continent on foot from the Weddell Sea to the Ross Sea.
Most of the Antarctic continent is covered by the Antarctic Ice Sheet, which is up to four kilometres thick and contains enough ice to raise global sea levels by about 58 metres.
The base is the launching point for exploration and scientific programs within the Antarctic continent and from there, control and maritime control and fishing tasks are also carried out.
14 -- The thick ice cap above the Antarctic continent will not disappear in our life time.
This allows the Antarctic continent to maintain its huge ice sheet.
It was the first to determine irrefutably that an Antarctic continent existed, formally named and annexed enormous tracts of land for the crown, and amassed a valuable collection of biological specimens.
The findings are significant, because as Silvano explains, the ice shelves currently "resist the flow of ice to the ocean, acting like a buttress to hold the ice sheet on the Antarctic continent. Where warm ocean waters flow under the ice shelves they can drive rapid melting from below, causing ice shelves to thin or break up and reducing the buttressing effect." As Antarctica is home to some of the world's largest ice sheets, the processes revealed in the new study could have critical implications for global sea levels.
- The Antarctic continent is covered by about 15.5 million square kilometers (nearly 6 million square miles) of ice, which has accumulated over thousands of years through snowfall.
From the air, the contours of Totten Glacier are invisible because the entire Antarctic continent is covered by a seamless, kilometers-thick blanket of snow and ice.
Located in the largest land region of the Antarctic continent, no animals live here.

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