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Antarctica has lost its status as a protected area

This protected continent is a new "Klondike" or "Eldorado" for the extraction of minerals and fresh water, the last reserve of untapped resources in the world. With the temptation being too great, humanity has decided to conduct a land conversion of Antarctica.

The landscape of the continent is changing rapidly. Endless snowscapes, dotted occasionally with scientific research stations and a modest tourist camp are are giving way to towering drilling rigs, multi-ton machinery and bustling towns where workers live - to the great surprise of seals, penguins and cormorants.

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erencimoncu noooooooooooooooo ben turk 01 Mar 2019
Jucelma Campos WOOOOOOOOOOOOOW 26 Feb 2019
Peter Fedin Russia is still more attractive and convenient for development than Antarctica. It will go first. 06 Feb 2019
Paul Johnson Antarctica will remain protected. Plus it will be too inhospitable for humans to work there. No sizeable, economically viable deposits of minerals have been proven to exist there. 06 Feb 2019
Sean Marsh Regrettably, Antarctica will more than likely be exploited for any possible fossil fuel it may harbour. However, I have hope that these practices will be outlawed in order to give humanity a fighting chance at survival long term. 06 Feb 2019
Philippe Verdy "No provable deposits of materials" ? False. Antarctica has not alwys been in the history of earth a cold region located in the poles, as the axis of rotatyion of earth has dirfted significantly and continental plates have also moved. There are certainly lot of mineral resources, especially on the coastal area (for gas/oil)) and lot of minerals around the giant volcanos notably in the Antarctic peninsula, where most sientific bases are located, and which is not so far from maritime routes. It does not mean that there will be lot of people living there, but Antarctica is ready for industrial exploitation, including with lots of machines and bots. And fresh water production factories will start warning ice to fill large tanks transported by cargos, and finaly with water pipelines under the sea (notably from the Antartcic peninsula to South America, as well as to South Africa and Australia ! Water pipelines will soon appear also in Greenland, conncted to North America. Russia wants to use the Arctic water: there will be desalinisation factories all along Northern Siberia, using energy from the gas collected in the perfamfrost, and convert much of it into marshes producing algaes. China wants to control all the water from Hymalaya and will build a water pipline from poor countries like Bangladesh. There will be a water pipeline connecting South-East Asia and Mongolia with North-Central China. Water resources in Mongolia will become extremely scarce. Many people will migrate southward from Mongolia to China or eastward to Yakoutia, Rissia. I predict that Nepal and Bhutan will be fully occupied by China and there will be a war in Eastern India (north of Bangladesh); Burma witll be abandoned to China by their military dictature. Even China will finally invade North Korea, various islands in the Philippines, parts of Vietnam and Malaysia. Singapore will have its terrory extended, and will become a province of China. 06 Feb 2019
David Goodwin A sad possibility 06 Feb 2019
Jack Weiss That is making the assumption that the world will not switch to renewable energy while slowly phasing out the use of fossil fuels. It would also be economically impractical to transport water and other resources that far. 06 Feb 2019
Derek Balke At least I really hope this does not come to pass, I think that some parts of our planet are better off with limited human encroachment. Even should the Antarctic ice sheet melt to a point that the resources on the landmass are more accessible there is still the brutal cold, high winds, and long cycles of seasonal light and dark to contend with. I think that these factors will remain limiting to development regardless of how advanced climate change becomes. No one would want to work in Antarctica out of a purely business interest, the only possibility for exploitation I see is through a largely autonomous cybernetic workforce, the scale of which that would be technologically and legally feasible by 2050 remains very much to be seen. Not to mention the international law considerations, who would control the mineral rights? Antarctica is not officially controlled by any nation and is currently off limits for anything other than research bases and expeditions. I think that exploiting the continental shelf would be far more appealing as it can happen within existing international law (each country has rights to the resources in their EEZ which includes the continental shelf surrounding the country in most cases), is less fraught with environmental issues (though there are still significant risks) and is not impingement on changing climate or even revolutionary advances in technology (more evolutionary, and I think it is really feasible in the next 30 years), just the will of countries and companies to develop those resources. As such I believe the continental shelf to be lower hanging fruit than Antarctica and will be developed first and may even result in Antarctica being overlooked altogether. 06 Feb 2019
Boris I want to work in Antartica 06 Feb 2019
Stefano D'Adamo It's little better than the Moon, or Mars, distance apart. It won't change that fast - apart maybe thre Antarctic peninsula. Most of the continent is gonna stay what it is - a huge white freezer dome. 06 Feb 2019
Cynthia-Coriníon I think by that time we will have no need for the resources in Antarctica, as more and more people turn to renewable energy. Perhaps geothermal, but I personally think this to be unlikely. 06 Feb 2019