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Published on Sep 23, 2011
The Antarctic is the region around the Earth's South Pole polar opposites to the North Pole in the Arctic. The Antarctic comprises the continent of Antarctica and the ice shelves, waters and island territories in the Southern Ocean. The region covers some 20% of the Southern Hemisphere 5.5% is the surface area of the continent itself. It is an explorers paradise with many famous explorers racing to reach the south pole including two famous british explorers Scott and Shackleton. Antarctica is one of the world last true wild frontiers still untamed by humans and is the key to survival for a number of penguin species. It is also a whaling, seal and sea lion playground and of vital importance as a sanctuary for many marine species.