Antarctica


World Cultures Australia and the Pacific Antarctica
Students explore the physical geography of Antarctica, particularly its climate. Then they learn about the history of exploration on the continent. Next, they learn about the environmental issue of melting polar ice and its connection to human activity. Finally, students research and develop a travel plan for a trip to Antarctica.

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Overview:

In this experience, students explore the physical geography of Antarctica, particularly its climate. Then they learn about the history of exploration on the continent. Next, they learn about the environmental issue of melting polar ice and its connection to human activity. Finally, students research and develop a travel plan for a trip to Antarctica.

Objectives:

  • Describe Antarctica’s physical geography.
  • Trace the history of exploration and research in Antarctica.
  • Analyze environmental issues that affect the continent today.


Unlike Australia, the continent of Antarctica is not a country. In fact, there is no permanent human population that lives there. But that doesn’t mean the place is life-less. Some animals are quite happy with their polar home—and human researchers have much to discover at the South Pole. You’ll learn about this continent in this experience.

Objectives:

  • Describe Antarctica’s physical geography.
  • Trace the history of exploration and research in Antarctica.
  • Analyze environmental issues that affect the continent today.




Antarctica (with southern Africa visible)


Begin your exploration of Antarctica by checking out some Facts and Figures


What did you already know and what surprised you about Antarctica?

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Discuss student responses. Together make a list of additional questions students have about the continent. Revisit these questions at the end of the experience to see if they have been answered.


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