Assessing the dwindling wilderness of Antarctica
|Antarctica. Aerial photo by Astro_Alex.|
Despite Antarctica’s isolation, the continent is under increasing pressure from human activity, including scientific research, the development of infrastructure and tourism. However, the total area of wilderness on the continent is unknown, as is the extent to which Antarctica’s biodiversity is contained within this.
Four killer whales cooperatively hunting a crabeater
seal off the coast of Antarctica. Photo by Callan Carpenter,
taken from one of many research vessels in the area.
The authors argue that the expansion of specially protected areas could reverse the decline in pristine areas and secure the continent’s biodiversity.