from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- A region of Antarctica extending about 1,931 km (1,200 mi) north toward South America.
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- proper n. The northernmost part of the mainland of Antarctica.
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- n. a large peninsula of Antarctica that extends some 1200 miles north toward South America; separates the Weddell Sea from the South Pacific
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Because the Antarctic Peninsula is the most northerly part of the continent, reaching above the Antarctic Circle, it has the mildest climate and, on the north side at least, is the least icebound during the summer and therefore the most accessible.
The Antarctic Peninsula is the northernmost part of mainland Antarctica, and the only part of that continent that extends outside the Antarctic Circle.
And they did not technically discover Antarctica, because sealers from Nantucket, Stonington (ph), Connecticut and Britain back in the 1820s had sighted and even ventured on what we now call the Antarctic Peninsula, below Cape Horn.
The data show that one relatively small area called the Antarctic Peninsula is melting and calving huge icebergs.
Mr. MONTAIGNE: Well, in fact, the - on the western Antarctic Peninsula, which is about a thousand miles long, where Bill and a whole team of U.S. scientists funded by the National
What is happening on the Antarctic Peninsula is the first breech in this enormous citadel of ice that is Antarctica - up to three miles deep, a country - a continent the size of one and a half times the U.S., including Alaska.
We cruised around the Antarctic Peninsula, which is the only part of Antarctica that has any mountains on it.
For anyone who thinks (like I did) that Antarctica is a bone-chilling freezer lashed by constant blizzards, a visit to the Antarctic Peninsula is a surprise.
For years it was believed that a relatively small area known as the Antarctic Peninsula was getting warmer, but that the rest of the continent - including West Antarctica, the ice sheet most susceptible to potential future collapse - was cooling.
It is true that some parts of Antarctica have cooled but only in the last two decades; Will neglects to mention that the Antarctic Peninsula is the fastest warming region on earth.