Global Commons - Antarctica

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  • Threats to Antarctica
  • Search for mineral resources
    • Commercial mining has never een completed as mining was banned by the Antarctica Treaty.
    • Known coal, oil and gas reserves.
    • Demand for future resources will put pressure on the mineral reserves.
    • 1970/1980s some members of the treaty were secretly trying to form a new mineral convention which would have allowed exploration and future exploitation of nieral and gas reserves.
    • Mining in Antarctica would be difficult, dangerous and expensive s the climate is harsh and thick.
    • Any transportation of minerals/ equipment would be dangerous and drilling would be difficult due to ice/ glaciers.
    • In the last 50 years, no large deposits have been found.

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