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Antarctic Meaning and Definition from WordNet (r) 2.0
    antarctic adj
  1. of or relating to Antarctica
  2. at or near the south pole [syn: south-polar] n : the region around the south pole: Antarctica and surrounding waters [syn: Antarctic Zone, South Frigid Zone]
Antarctic Meaning and Definition from Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)
    Antarctic \Ant*arc"tic\, a. [OE. antartik, OF. antartique, F. antarctique, L. antarcticus, fr. Gr. ?; ? + ? bear. See Arctic.] Opposite to the northern or arctic pole; relating to the southern pole or to the region near it, and applied especially to a circle, distant from the pole 23[deg] 28[min]. Thus we say the antarctic pole, circle, ocean, region, current, etc.
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Wikipedia Meaning and Definition on 'Antarctic'


The Antarctic (pronounced /ænˈtɑrktɪk/) is the region around the Earth's South Pole, opposite the Arctic region around the North Pole. The Antarctic comprises the continent of Antarctica and the ice shelves, waters and island territories in the Southern Ocean situated south of the Antarctic Convergence. The region covers some 20% of the Southern Hemisphere, of which 5.5% (14 million km2) is the surface area of the continent itself.

The maritime part of the region constitutes the area of application of the international Convention for the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources (CCAMLR), where for technical reasons the Convention uses an approximation of the Convergence line by means of a line joining specified points along parallels of latitude and meridians of longitude. The implementation of the Convention is managed through an international Commission headquartered in Hobart, Australia by an efficient system of annual fishing quotas, licenses and international inspectors on the fishing vessels, as well as satellite surveillance.

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  • Antarctic sea-level rising faster than global rate
    A new study of satellite data from the last 19 years reveals that fresh water from melting glaciers has caused the sea-level around the coast of Antarctica to rise by 2cm more than the global average of 6cm. Researchers detected the rapid rise in sea-level by studying satellite scans of a region that spans more than a million square kilometers. The melting of the Read more on this news related to 'Antarctic'
  • Russia claims Australia has territorial motives for Antarctic reserves
    Russia has ramped up its attack on proposed Antarctic marine reserves, alleging they hide the territorial ambitions of countries such as Australia. Read more on this news related to 'Antarctic'
  • Melting Antarctic ice sheet raising sea-level faster
    London, Sep 1 (IANS) Fresh water from melting glaciers has caused the sea-level around the coast of Antarctica to rise by 2 cm more than the global average of 6 cm. The melting of the Antarctic ice sheet and the thinning of floating ice shelves has contributed to an excess of around 350 giga-tonnes of freshwater to the surrounding ocean, the findings showed. " Read more on this news related to 'Antarctic'

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