Human impact

Footprints in the ice, visible into the horizon
Footprints in the ice (Photo: Gary Dowse)
Humans in Antarctica affect the environment. Keeping Antarctica as pristine as possible and minimising those effects is an important issue. Students can discuss what sort of impact humans have on the environment.
  • How could this impact be minimised?
  • Should humans be considered an introduced species and banned from south of 60 degrees South?
  • Are there some parts of Antarctica that should not be visited?
  • Discuss the proposition that we should set aside some parts of Antarctica never to be visited so that the ecosystem is never affected by humans.

See Human impacts in Antarctica.

This page was last modified on January 23, 2014.