Antarctica treaty

All about Antarctica's rules

What is the Antarctica Treaty?

The Antarctic Treaty was designed to provide an agreement for the future care and use of Antarctica, as well as the avoid territorial and other disputes. It encourages international cooperation in scientific research. It is an amazing agreement that was signed during the Cold War.

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Among other things, the Treaty prohibits nuclear explosions, radioactive waste disposal, and military deployments in the ATA. The Treaty's other most significant goal is the encouragement of continued international cooperation in scientific research.

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According to the text of the Treaty, it was intended to guarantee that '…Antarctica shall continue for ever to be used exclusively for peaceful purposes and shall not become the scene or object of international discord'. The Treaty covers everything south of 60 degrees South latitude (except for a provision relating to the high seas), now known as the Antarctic Treaty Area (ATA)