Île Amsterdam: Isolated in the Indian Ocean

Imagine life in an extremely small village; 30 residents at most.  The village has just one store, one doctor, one place to dine, and a small power station.  Beyond the tiny village, large herds of cattle roam the countryside.  Now place all of that on a small island in the middle of the ocean 2…

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Who Claims Antarctica?

Antarctica has long been famous for being the only continent in which no government holds power.  While not truly uninhabited thanks to the thousands of personnel present in research stations, the world community generally looks at Antarctica as terra nullius – belonging to no one.  That is not to say, however, that no one claims…

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Kerguelen Plateau: A Sunken Microcontinent

The idea of a ‘lost continent’ has been around about as long as civilisation has, usually as part of a mythological tale. Lost continents in general, such as Atlantis, have no basis in fact. But there are lands that once were above water which have become submerged over time (take for example the Bering Strait…

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