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Word bank of birds and animals found in Antarctica

Black- Browed Albatross
Crocodile Ice Fish
Brown Skua
Chin Strap
Snow Petrel
Marble Plunder Fish

Patagonian Toothfish


Southern Right
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Antarctic Connection Wildlife of Antarctica. - The Antarctic Connection is both an e-tailer and information provider. It seeks to retail premium Antarctic products and be a centre for news, weather and information about Antarctica.

Discovering Antarctica - This website is an educational resource for schools developed by the Royal Geographic Society in partnership with the British Anarctic Survey and the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office.

WildKids The Australian Museum has devised this website that describes the animals, birds and insects that commonly inhabit ecosystems such as Antarctica

Animals of the Antarctic.

Just about Penguins



Antarctica- The most southern continent in the Earth.
Arctic-A frozen ocean in the northern -most part of the Earth.Astronomical-Of,or relating to, the stars.
Blue Ice- This is solid ice and is seen when there is no covering of snow or firn.
Climate-The general weather conditions of a region.
Conserve-To protect an area, plant or animal and ensure that it is not destroyed or damaged.
Crevasse-A deep and narrow hole in the ice.
Deprivations-Lacking things that are very important to surviving in the Antarctic.
Desert- An area that has very little or no plant life.
Earth's - Atmosphere- A blanket of air that surrounds the Earth.
Expedition- A voyage made to discover new parts of the world.
Exposure- When someone suffers from the weather conditions they are in.
Firn- As snow falls it compresses into firn. This can extend for over 50 or 60 metres between the snow and solid ice.
Glaciers- Hugh blocks of ice that move slowly down mountains or outwards across continents. Glaciers are formed by years of built -up snow.
Habitat- The place where a plant or animal naturally lives or grows.
Hoarfrost- This is created when ice crystals form and freeze on fallen snow.
Isolated-Removed from other people.
Meteorites- Masses of stone or metal that have reached the Earth from outer space.
Meteorological- Of, or relating to,the weather.
Navigator-A person skilled in directing the course of a ship.
Pack-ice- Large blocks of ice driven togther over time by wind and ocean currents.
Pristine- When something is in an unspoiled state.
Sealers- People who hunt seals.
Unique- One of a kind.
Vunerable-Open to attack or being hurt.

Some Famous Explorers

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Check the books at Dewey number 998 for exciting accounts of exploration.

Roald Amundsen
Peter Hillary In November, 1998 he followed in the footsteps of Scott and walked-skied 1353km in 84 days. He made it to the pole on 26 January,1999.

Ernest Shackleton
http://www.solarnavigator.net/history/sir_ernest_shackleton.htm A very detailed and accurate account of the life and explorations of Shackeleton. Also contains a detailed and linked biblography, as well as links to other biographies and histories.

Sir Robert F Scott and the Discovery Expidition 1901-1904 - Information is provided on Scott's expedition of 1901-1904. The main menu is a series of stamps which were issued to mark the expedition. *Applying/Body Kinaesthetic: When you click on each stamp it will give you information about the expedition of Sir Robert F Scott. Use the information you have found to create a diorama depicting a significant event during the expedition.

In The Footsteps of Sir Douglas Mawson - This website seeks to detail Mawson's life, adventures and successes in taking science to extreme environments. It illustrates the scope of his achievements. Click on 'Enter' and you will begin your adventure in Mawson's hut. *Understanding/Logical Mathematical: Click on the book entitled 'Antarctica.' Select 'Expeditions' and then click on the globe entitled 'Outline.' Select 'Biographic Timeline.' From the information that you discover, create an illustrated timeline of the events in Mawson's life.

Hazel Edwards - You will remember the author Hazel Edwards from the book 'There's A Hippopotamus On My Roof Eating Cake.'She has written a book entitled 'Antarctic Close Up.'The text is related to the adventures of John Collins Close, a member of Mawson's expedition. This website provides a synopsis of the text and questions to answer. You can also connect to Frank Hurley's documentation of Mawson's expedition.

The Antarctic Treaty

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In 1959,12 countries signed a Treaty and agreed to work together to preserve this major part of planet Earth.The Treaty is now open to any member of the United Nations.

Antarctica should always be used for peaceful purposes only and military activities are prohibited on the continent.
There must be freedom of scientific research throughout Antarctica.
Any member nation can inspect any other nation's stations and activities.
Nuclear testing and radioactive waste disposal are banned in Antarctica.

Signed by Argentina*, Australia*, Belguim*,Brazil, Bulgaria, Chile*, China, Ecuador, Finland, France*, Germany, India, Italy, Japan*, Korea*, Netherlands, New Zealand*, Norway*, Peru, Poland, Russia, South Africa*, Spain, Sweden, United Kingdom*, United States of America*, Uruguay.(Original 12 indicated by an asterix*)

Australia's Antarctic Bases
EducaPoles the educational website of the International Polar Foundation
SciencePoles the scientific website of the International Polar Foundation
Global Warming: Early Warning Signs - This website was poduced by a number of environmental research organisations in order to present information related to changes that are occuring in Antarctica. They site global warming as the cause.


Use the Library catalogue to locate books about Antarctica. Browse the shelves at 919.8 and 998. Some books can be found in the Library Non- Fiction trolley.

Alison Lester Interview - Alison Lester, the author, travelled from Hobart to Mawson Station on the Aurora Australis in Novemeber 2004. On the first page of this website you will find the regular electronic reports that she posted for schools around the world.



Classroom Antarctica

includes a quiz, explorers, space photography, fossils, penguins, maps, snow and ice and survival in the Antarctic

Links to Antarctic research sites

Living in Antarctica

Glacier is a web site about Antarctica and the part Antarctica plays in the global system of weather, climate, oceans and geology


From National Geographic



Images of Antarctica


Aboriginal People-The Importance of the Environment.

A webquest for Year 6.


Internet hotlist on Antarctica

For Teachers

A list of resources recommende by the Board of Studies.

A unit devised by Central Coast District

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