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13.2: Antarctica

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    1. Summarize the layout of the continent’s main physical features, including the ice shelves and volcanic activity.
    2. Understand the political nature of the various claims held on sections of Antarctica and how the continent is managed by the international community.
    3. Outline the dynamics of the principle of global warming and describe what changes would occur in Antarctica and the rest of the world if the ice sheet covering Antarctica were to melt.
    4. Describe how good ozone is depleted and understand the role Antarctica plays in the seasonal cycle of changes in the amount of ozone in the atmosphere above the South Pole.

    Figure 13.10 The Southern Ocean and Antarctica


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