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Science, geopolitics and the governance of Antarctica

International Polar Year 2007–2009 had three predecessors 125, 75 and 50 years ago. These international research efforts were not free from geopolitical interests.

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Figure 1: Distribution of the seven territorial claims in Antarctica.
Figure 2: Photograph of the US Antarctic IGY seismic and glaciological traverse from Little America to Byrd Station in February 1957.



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We would like to thank Klaus Dodds and Charles Bentley for their comments on this paper, and the archivists at the National Archives and Records Administration, USA, for assistance during fieldwork. We gratefully acknowledge financial support from the Leverhulme Trust (grant number F00144AV).

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Naylor, S., Siegert, M., Dean, K. et al. Science, geopolitics and the governance of Antarctica. Nature Geosci 1, 143–145 (2008).

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