Building a Community in Antarctica

The seven large islands which form the continent of Antarctica are some of the last remaining unpopulated spaces left on earth. Because of this, Antarctica would make an ideal place to re-locate people from other over-crowded countries, such as Indonesia and China, Russia, New Zealand and Australia. Antarctica does not belong to any one country, therefore people from many different countries could live there as a big multicultural society. Ships could carry down building materials and heavy equipment during the summer months, and small towns could easily be built before the shortened days of winter.

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Supplying electricity might prove to be a problem, but in Germany sea water is now being used to supply electricity. Power stations have been built on the edge of the ocean, and large pumps suck sea water in, which is then used to turn turbines and create electricity. This type of technology could be used in Antarctica as well.

The new society would be able to use tourism as one of its major ways of raising money. Each town could have its own airstrip, and tourists could fly in to various towns in order to view the following animals:
Adelie penguins
Emperor penguins
Albatrosses
Wandering seagulls
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Snow leopards
Walruses
Leopard Seals
Snow Monkeys
Polar Bears
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Snow monkeys



Snow leopards are rare in Antarctica, most of them having been sent to zoos in Tasmania to find out more about their living and food habits. These unfortunate animals are endangered, quite possibly due to loss of their habitat.

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As well as land tours, visitors would also be able to book a diving tour to see such underwater creatures as:

Humpback whales
Orcas
Blue whales
Beluga whales
Antarctic migratory turtles

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Another source of income for the community in Antarctica could be making and selling feather quilts. Thousands of seabirds migrate each year from the Antarctic to warmer countries (for the winter), and back to the Antarctic to breed. While on their nests they moult, and millions of feathers drift into the ocean each year, clogging boat engines. These feathers could be collected and a profitable industry could be set up.

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Some people might argue that pollution would be a problem, however this would not be true. Deep holes could be dug to take care of all rubbish, and sewerage waste could be pumped out to sea where it would provide food for huge swarms of krill, the building blocks of the food chain. As supplies of krill become more plentiful, this would encourage numbers of other sea creatures and birds to increase, which in turn would be good for tourism.

Large greenhouses could be erected and warmed, and these would provide an ideal place for people to grow the types of crops they were used to back in their own countries. Regular flights to each town could carry food items in, as well as tourists.
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Food could also be supplemented by catching and eating some of the animals inhabiting the Antarctic, particularly snow-shoe hares. These are currently causing major problems because they eat the leather on boots and harnesses which are left outside, and they also eat the branches collected by birds to build their nests.