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Antarctica is Earth's southernmost continent.
It is situated in the Antarctic region of the Southern Hemisphere and is surrounded
by the Southern Ocean.

There isn't a permanent human population.
Several governments maintain permanent manned research stations.
The population varies from 4,000 in the summer to 1,000 in winter.

The U.S. run McMurdo Station  is the largest station.
It has summer population of about 1200 residents.

FACTS
The name Antarctica means ‘Opposite to the Arctic’ or ‘Opposite to the North’.

Antarctica is the fifth-largest continent in area and nearly twice the size of Australia.

About 98% of Antarctica is covered by ice.

Antarctica contains the geographic South Pole.

Antarctica is the coldest, driest, and windiest continent on earth.

Temperatures in Antarctica have reached −89 °C (−129 °F).

Several countries have made official claims to territories in Antarctica.
County                   Territory
Argentina               Argentine Antarctica
Australia                Australian Antarctic Territory
Chile                      Chilean Antarctic Territory
France                    Adelie Land
New Zealand         Ross Dependency
Norway                  Peter I Island, Queen Maud Land
UK                         British Antarctic Territory

Other countries have a territory interest in Antarctica but no official claims.
Brazil
Peru
Russia
South Africa
U.S.

HISTORY
For thousands of years many people believed that a vast continent in the far south
of the globe existed to ‘balance’ the northern lands of Europe, Asia and North Africa.

Captain James Cook's ships, HMS Resolution and Adventure, crossed the Antarctic Circle
in  1773.
Cook came within about 75 miles of the Antarctic coast before retreating due to ice fields.

The first confirmed sightings of Antarctica took place in 1820.

The first documented landing on Antarctica was by the American sealer John Davis in 1821.

The first recorded and confirmed landing was at Cape Adair in 1895.

After this there were numerous expeditions from various different countries.

The Antarctic Treaty was signed in 1959 by 12 countries.
Since then 49 countries have signed the treaty.
The treaty prohibits military activities, nuclear explosions and nuclear waste disposal.

CONDITIONS
98% of Antarctica is covered by ice.
The rest is rocky coasts and tundra.

Land animals are birds, penguins and seals.

There have been concerns over the effects of global warming.

Several governments maintain permanent manned research stations.
Many of the stations are staffed year-round.
Winter-over personnel typically have one-year assignments.

The population varies from 4,000 in summer to 1,000 in winter.
Approximately 1,000 ship's crew and scientists doing onboard research are present in the waters.

Several bases are now home to families with children.
As of 2009 at least ten children have been born in Antarctica.

The U.S. run McMurdo Station  is the largest station in Antarctica.
It has summer population of about 1200 residents.

There is no economic activity, except for fishing off the coast and small-scale tourism.

Several Acts have been passed to protect the continent’s ecosystems.
The overfishing of krill, led officials to enact regulations on fishing.
Illegal fishing, particularly of Patagonian tooth-fish  is a serious problem.

SPIRITUAL CONDITIONS
Antarctica has at least seven chapels and buildings used for services.

PRAYER NEEDS
Pray that the environment and ecosystems of Antarctica be protected.
Pray that illegal fishing be stopped.

Pray for the protection of the scientists and tourists who work there.  

Pray that all of those who live/visit there be exposed to the Gospel.
Prayer update: Antarctica

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SingABrightSong Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
There may be permanent human population, but I suspect that most/all of that population is migratory and there is no permanent residency.
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SeekHim Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Sorry I meant to say there ISN"T a permanent population!.
Thanks for catching that!
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LouisTheFox Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Can I also pray for hoping that penguins don't go extinct by global warming?
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SeekHim Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Go right ahead! In fact I'll add that.
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LouisTheFox Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks, because every night before I go to bed I pray that the Pacific Islanders will have another new safe home. Because by 2050 sea level will rise and sink many of Pacific Islands. I pray they find new countries as new homes for them by then. 
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Parsat Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2014   Writer
Never thought of a prayer update entry for Antarctica, but I was pleasantly surprised by this one.
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SeekHim Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
:)
I'm sure a lot of people will be surprised!
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SteamRailwayCompany Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Wonderful. :)
How about Greenland? 
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SeekHim Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
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