Secrets of the Ice

secrets_of_the_ice.gifA part of the world that fascinates all of us in the Antarctic. This massive continent located at the absolute �edge� of the earth is an amazing place, full of strange sights, strange facts, and lots of ice.
Today’s FamilyFirst site visits the southern land, and be prepared to learmn a ton of facts that you never knew before!
For instance, were you familiar with the Antarctic Treaty? This international agreement guarantees four things:
Antarctica will remain open for scientific research to nations who agree to the treaty.
No military bases can be built on the continent.
There will be no testing of nuclear weapons or dumping of nuclear waste in Antarctica.
No claims of ownership are recognized or denied, and no new claims of ownership can be made.
So thanks to this farsighted agreement, the Antarctic remains relatively pristine.

Do you know what the single largest body of fresh water is? The Antarctic icecap! Learn about this mas of ice, and what would happen if it were to melt.
Check out this fascinating fact:
�Fewer than 100,000 people have ever set foot on Antarctica. No one lives in Antarctica permanently and most people who visit are scientists who come to to do research. During the southern hemisphere summer, from October to March, the temporary population of Antarctica explodes as scientists and support staff flock to the continent to conduct experiments during the short time available before the seasons change and access is frozen tight.�
That means things are really hopping down there about now!
So enjoy today’s frosty FamilyFirst site.

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