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Where is Antarctica?

Continent at the Earth's South Pole.
Covers an areas of about 14 million km2.
98% covered in ice.


Provide evidence that the number of tourists visiting Antarctica is increasing?

7413 in the 1996/1997 season.
46,000 in the 20007/2008 season.


What is the ecosystem like in Antarctica?

Its very cold and doesn't get much sun in winter so the land ecosystems is fragile.
Takes ages to recover from damage.
Seas ecosystem is also delicately balanced.


How can tourists damage the Antacrctica environment?

Trample on plants, disturb wildlife, drop litter.
Accidentally introduce non-native species or diseases that could wipe out existing species.
Spillage of fuel from ships.