from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- A continent lying chiefly within the Antarctic Circle and asymmetrically centered on the South Pole. Some 95 percent of Antarctica is covered by an icecap averaging 1.6 km (1 mi) in thickness. The region was first explored in the early 1800s, and although there are no permanent settlements, many countries have made territorial claims. The Antarctic Treaty of 1959, signed by 12 nations, prohibited military operations on the continent and provided for the interchange of scientific data.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- proper n. The southernmost continent, south of the Southern Ocean, containing the South Pole.
- proper n. The wider South Polar region comprising the Antarctic Continent as well as the adjacent Antarctic and Subantarctic islands, and the Southern Ocean waters situated south of the Antarctic Convergence.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. 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
Earlier work by Fröbisch predicted that animals like Kombuisia antarctica should have existed at this time, based on fossils found in South Africa later in the Triassic Period that were relatives of the animals that lived in Antarctica.
Kombuisia antarctica, that apparently survived the mass extinction by living in Antarctica.
These factors probably forced K. antarctica to move south out of modern-day South Africa into adjacent Antarctica, where the climate would have been more hospitable.
K. antarctica was not alone in Antarctica during the end-Permian extinction event, but only one other vertebrate species,
But how do we know that K. antarctica wasn't hanging out in Antarctica all along?
K. antarctica dating from the end of the Permian among specimens collected from Antarctica over 30 years ago.
A cat-sized distant relative of mammals, Kombuisia antarctica, seems to have survived the extinction by fleeing south to Antarctica.
Actually, I read the preview on CBR, and i think the attack in Antarctica is Galomar attacking the children's parents, thereby making them disappear, leading to the children being taken to their parents 'childhood home. if you look at the hair color of the adults, it's the male that had red hair, while with the children, it's the girl who has red hair. i think.
Inflatable Hab Up and Running in Antarctica is the next entry in this blog.
Most of the ice loss in Antarctica is occurring in the coast.
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