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British Antarctic Territory
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    (March 3, 1962- )
    British Overseas Territory
    Formed from three territories previously administered as dependencies of the Falkland Islands: Graham Land, the South Orkney Islands and the South Shetland Islands
    Consists of the portion of Antarctica and its offshore islands between 20 and 80 degrees West longitude and south of 60 degrees South latitude
    Area: 660,000 square miles
    Capital: Rothera research base
    Population of researchers and support staff peaks at about 250 in summer
    99% of the land is covered by ice.
    Most nations do not recognize territorial claims on Antarctica.
    The Territory is recognized by France, Australia, New Zealand and Norway, which -- talk about coincidence -- have their own claims on Antarctica that the British recognize.
    Argentina and Chile have claims on Antarctica that overlap the British one.
    When the British decided it would be too expensive to shut down the Faraday Research Station while following environmental standards, they sold it off to Ukraine for £1 (1996).
    It is home to seven species of penguin and six species of seal.
    The whaling station/research base at Port Lockroy was converted to a museum and is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Antarctica, with 10,000 visitors annually.
    It manages to finance itself, largely through the sale of postage stamps.

Credit: C. Fishel

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