Accession Number : ADA187935

Title :   Antarctica: Chile's Claim,

Corporate Author : NATIONAL DEFENSE UNIV WASHINGTON DC

Personal Author(s) : Mericq, Luis S

PDF Url : ADA187935

Report Date : Jan 1987

Pagination or Media Count : 139

Abstract : The author, a Brigadier in Chile's Army, recounts the relatively short history of Antarctic explorations and discoveries, and describes the diverse physical characteristics of the region. He analyzes the pressures-environmental and political-that threaten the future development of Antarctica. This groundwork leads to a critical examination of the remarkably successful Antarctic Treaty of 1959, an agreement which has promoted the peaceful sharing of scientific research and the resolution of political issues. The author concludes by making a case for the Antarctic claims of Chile, which, by reasons of geography and history, has a long and abiding interest in the continent. The Antarctic Treaty is due for review and possible revision in 1991. The United States and other signatory nations preparing for this event need to know more about this still largely unexplored land, and to understand better one another's perspectives on Antarctic issues.

Descriptors :   *ANTARCTIC REGIONS, *TREATIES, CHILE, GEOGRAPHY, HISTORY, PHYSICAL PROPERTIES, UNITED STATES, POLITICAL SCIENCE

Subject Categories : Government and Political Science
      Snow, Ice and Permafrost

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE