Antarctica Definition

ănt-ärktĭ-kə, -ärtĭ-
proper name
Land area about the South Pole, completely covered by an ice shelf: c. 5,100,000 sq mi (13,209,000 sq km): now usually classified as a continent.
Webster's New World
A continent lying chiefly within the Antarctic Circle and asymmetrically centered on the South Pole. Some 95 percent of Antarctica is covered by an icecap averaging 1.6 km (1 mi) in thickness. The region was first explored in the early 1800s, and although there are no permanent settlements, many countries have made territorial claims. The Antarctic Treaty of 1959, signed by 12 nations, prohibited military operations on the continent and provided for the interchange of scientific data.
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