Antarctica

Antarctica is a land of extremes: it is the coldest and driest continent on Earth and has the highest average elevation. As the fifth largest continent in the world, Antarctica is also the most Southern, overlying the South Pole.

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Raytheon Polar Services

Agency responsible for staffing all United States Antarctic bases. Applicants can apply through the web site or at one of the Antarctic job fairs held around the country.

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British Antarctic Survey

The British Antarctic Survey staffs bases in the Antarctic and surround region including the Falklands and South Georgia.

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About Antarctica

Although several countries have laid claim to various portions of Antarctica, it is governed by the 1958 Antarctic Treaty, which establishes the continent as a peaceful and cooperative international research zone. As the Antarctic treaty prohibits its signatories from making any new claims to territory and claims to antarctic territory already made have little to no effect as long as the treaty stands, there are overlapping claims and a rather large swath that is technically not claimed by anybody, no matter how you slice it. The only other significant piece of dry land with that characteristic is Bir Tawil between Sudan and Egypt. There are no cities per se, just some two dozen research stations with a total population ranging from 1,000–4,000 depending on the time of year (more in the November–March summer than in the June–September winter). These are maintained for scientific purposes only, and do not provide any official support for tourism. The laws of the nation operating each research station apply there.

Private travel to Antarctica generally takes one of three forms:

  1. commercial sea voyages with shore visits (by far the most popular)
  2. specially mounted land expeditions, or
  3. sightseeing by air.
Approximately 80 companies belong to the International Association of Antarctica Tour Operators (IAATO), a membership organization which regulates non-research travel to the region. According to the organization 34,316 visitors traveled to Antarctica in the season of 2012-'13, while in the record season of 2007-'08 the number of visitors was 45,213.

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