Geography/Who lays cliam on the Antartic
Seven countries are claiming that they own a steak in the Artic. However I believe it is currently zero claiming any part of the Antarctica. Now I heard the reason for that is there is nothing there to claim. I would like to know though who would have the best case for claiming land rights if push came to shove.
Antarctica is a vast continent with emense riches in the form of minerals and oil, it was once covered by jungle! There are very complicated claims to Antarctica well documented and easy to yahuugle.
Current claim are mainly: Argentina, Australia, Chile, France, New Zealand, Norway and Britain. These claims were established prior to the signing of the 1959 Antarctic Treaty, which took effect in 1961. There are also by Cina, Russia, USA, Peru and Uruguay.
Permanent bases for research are occupied by Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Chile, China, France, Germany, India, Italy, Japan, Korea, New Zealand, Poland, Russia, South Africa, Uruguay, Ukraine, United Kingdom, USA. There are about 1000 (in winter) to 5000 people in Atarctic.
See current status at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Territorial_claims_in_Antarctica
and basics at http://www.discoveringantarctica.org.uk/9_claims.php
About research stations: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Research_stations_in_Antarctica