The Ultimate Antarctica Vacation Quiz

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The Ultimate Antarctica Vacation Quiz
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About This Quiz

For the ultimate in unusual and scenic vacation experiences, come to Antarctica. This cold continent has much to offer nature-loving vacationers. Take our informative quiz to learn more about vacationing in Antarctica.
Which of Antarctica's attributes is attracting an ever-growing number of tourists?
its vast landscapes of ice and snow
its wildlife population
both of the above
Tourists are flocking to see Antarctica's vast landscapes of ice and snow, as well as its abundant wildlife population. Nature-loving tourists can enjoy activities such as kayaking or cross-country skiing.

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Antarctica is located around the:
South Pole
Probably because it is located around the South Pole, Antarctica has more ice than any other place on the planet.
North Pole
Equator

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What percentage of Antarctica's land mass is covered in ice?
91.5 percent
95.5 percent
99.5 percent
It's hard to believe that even though a staggering 99.5 percent of Antarctica's land mass is covered in ice, during Arctic winter, the ice sheet covering the continent gets even bigger.

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Which of the Earth's continents is its fifth largest?
Antarctica
At 5.4 million square miles (14.2 million square kilometers), Antarctica is the world's fifth largest continent, between Europe and South America.
Oceana
Europe

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During the winter in Antarctica, temperatures can fall as low as:
minus 70 degrees Fahrenheit (minus 57 degrees Celsius)
minus 80 degrees Fahrenheit (minus 63 degrees Celsius)
minus 90 degrees Fahrenheit (minus 68 degrees Celsius)
During the winter in Antarctica, temperatures can fall as low as minus 90 degrees Fahrenheit (minus 68 degrees Celsius).

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What is Antarctica's warmest period of the year?
November to January
November to February
Antarctica's temperatures rarely rise above freezing, even during its warmest months -- November through February.
November to March

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Which species is the most famous inhabitant of Antarctica?
the shark
the flamingo
the penguin
The most famous inhabitant of Antarctica is the penguin. This tuxedo-wearing bird lives in colonies on the Antarctic shore.

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According to the terms of the Antarctic Treaty of 1959, Antarctica is currently reserved for:
tourism
scientific research
According to the terms of the Antarctic Treaty of 1959, Antarctica is currently reserved for scientific research, preserving Antarctica as a war-free and nuclear-free zone.
nuclear testing

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Which area of Antarctica is home to many species of wildlife?
the southern oceans
Antarctica's frozen landscape is not hospitable to most land animal life, but the southern oceans are full of nutrients that sustain many species, including whales, sea birds and seals.
the central plains
the northern oceans

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Through which countries do most tourist ships travel to Antarctica?
Argentina
Chile
both of the above
Tourist ships usually travel to Antarctica through southern Argentina or Chile, which have easy ocean access to the frozen continent.

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In which year did the first commercial cruise ship reach Antarctica's shores?
1929
1969
Antarctica had a landmark year for tourism in 1969, when the first commercial cruise ship reached its shores. In the early 1990s, Antarctica had about 9,000 visitors a year.
2009

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How many visitors came to Antarctica during 2007-2008?
9000
27000
46000
More than 46,000 visitors visited Antarctica during 2007 and 2008, arriving by land, sea and air.

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Which organization was formed in 1991 to deal with the growing Antarctic tourism industry?
the International Organization of Antarctica Tour Operators
the International Confederation of Antarctica Tour Operators
the International Association of Antarctica Tour Operators
The International Association of Antarctica Tour Operators (IAATO) was formed in 1991 to deal with the growing Antarctic tourism industry. Its roster now includes 102 tour companies.

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Which of the following are the most popular Antarctic vacations?
sightseeing cruises
Sightseeing cruises are the most popular type of vacation among tourists visiting Antarctica. Individuals or groups can go ashore for short periods to explore the landscape.
helicopter rides
trips to the South Pole

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Which of the following is a guideline set by the Atlantic Treaty for visitors to Antarctica?
Protect Antarctic wildlife.
Respect scientific research.
both of the above
The Atlantic Treaty sets guidelines for visitors to Antarctica. They include: protect Antarctic wildlife, respect protected areas and scientific research, keep safe and keep Antarctica pristine.

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Which Antarctic channel was first navigated by a Belgian named Adrien de Gerlache in 1898?
Lemaire Channel
The Lemaire Channel runs between the Booth Island Mountains and the Arctic Peninsula and is so magnificent that it is nicknamed Kodak Gap for its photogenic qualities.
Lemur Channel
Lemmings Channel

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Which American research station is named after the first two explorers to reach the South Pole?
the Amundsen-Scott South Pole Outpost
the Amundsen-Scott South Pole Fort
the Amundsen-Scott South Pole Station
A trip to Antarctica is not complete without a visit to the Amundsen-Scott South Pole Station, an American research station named after the first two explorers to reach the South Pole -- Roald Amundsen and Robert F. Scott.

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What is the most striking feature of the Amundsen-Scott South Pole Station?
the penguin house
the geodesic dome
The most striking feature of the Amundsen-Scott South Pole Station is its geodesic dome. Originally built in 1957, the station hosts about 50 scientists and staff in the winter, and as many as 150 in the summer.
the research lab

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At which Antarctic tourist attraction can you view penguins in their natural habitat?
the Dawson-Lambton River
the Dawson-Lambton Lake
the Dawson-Lambton Glacier
To view penguins in their natural habitat, visit the Dawson-Lambton Glacier. The penguins live here in colonies, incubating eggs and raising chicks.

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Mount Vinson is the _____ peak in Antarctica.
highest
Mount Vinson, at approximately 4.5 miles (7 kilometers), is the highest peak in Antarctica.
coldest
warmest

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