Introduction and materials
This 'Continent' unit will enable students to appreciate the uniqueness of Antarctica, while developing skills in critical analysis, working scientifically, literacy, language and arts skills.
- What is unique about Antarctica?
- What physical processes have formed Antarctica and led to its special features?
- How do the cold, wind, high altitude, and the other extremes that can be experienced in Antarctica compare with the conditions in our local environment?
- What is special about the colours, light and silence of Antarctica?
- What words can we use to describe the qualities and features of Antarctica?
The activities will lead to an understanding of the nature of Antarctica, of how different a place it is from Australia or any other continent, and why this is.
- Gallery of Antarctic images
- A3 Map of Antarctica and the Southern Ocean [PDF]
- Climate chart [PDF]
- Wind chill conversion calculator
- Contour map of Antarctica [PDF]
- Antarctic cross section showing elevation and ice thickness [PDF]
- Map showing Antarctica in relation to Australia - plot your own route [PDF]
Other useful information - books, videos, websites and places to visit - is listed in the references and resources section.