THE WHITE CONTINENT
The Chilean Antarctica or Chilean Antarctic Territory is: all lands, islands, islets, reefs, glaciers (pack-ice), and others, known and unknown, and respective territorial waters, existing within the limits of the cap constituted by the meridians 53° longitude west of Greenwich and 90° longitude west of Greenwich.
The Chilean Antarctic territory is located 990 km. to the South of Punta Arenas covering an area 1.250.000 square km. having very fragmented coastline segments. At its center there's Tierra de O'Higgins peninsula which is, actually, the continuation of Los Andes Mountain Range, also called "Antartandes".
Chilean sovereignty over Antartica rests assured due the existence of a number of base camps and refuges, such as the Presidente Frei Base, the Presidente Frei Meteorological Center and Villa Las Estrellas, where numerous Chilean families live committed to scientific research. The latter is the major populated center through Antartica and only receives 1200 people through the year, most of them tourists.
Tourism in Antartica demands being able to enjoy the view of the landscape and the aquatic life within.
Though it seems a frozen wasteland, the Chilean Antarctic Territory has many mining resources that can be exploited. Moreover, it features the exploitation of krill, a native crustacean used as whale's food.
It has a marine polar climate in which winter temperatures are much milder than in many well-populated wintry areas such as in Canada and Siberia. Summer temperatures however are extremely subdued; in effect narrowly above freezing, causing the climate to be hostile to human population. Sunshine levels are also extremely low. The yearly mean temperature of −2.3 °C (27.9 °F) is still gentle for Antarctica and milder than many places with vegetation.
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Adventure awaits in Antarctica. Cruise at sea level with our Zodiac boats and feel the spray of
seawater on your cheeks. Follow in the footsteps of early explorers as you hike on Antarctic soil. Join our optional sea kayaking and hiking & snowshoeing programs.