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Signing the Antarctic Treaty

Posted in Anniversary, Geography, Law on Saturday, 20 November 2010

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Scientific experimentation in the Antarctic. Illustration by Severino Baraldi

1 December marks the anniversary of the opening of the Antarctic Treaty for signature in 1959. 12 countries originally signed this international regulatory agreement that established the area below 60 degrees latitude  as the preserve of scientific experiment and banned all military activity on the continent.

A total of 47 countries have now signed the agreement which came into effect on 23 June 1961.

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