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Scott Base, Antarctica

Scott Base, Antarctica

New Zealand and the southern tip of South America are the largest land masses close to Antarctica. New Zealand has been a stop-off point for Antarctic exploration and research, from the ‘heroic age’ of Shackleton and Scott to America’s Operation Deep Freeze, which started in the 1950s. New Zealand’s Scott Base, a scientific station, is in the Ross Dependency, which is part of New Zealand but administered under the provisions of the Antarctic Treaty.

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Antarctica New Zealand, Pictorial Collection
Reference: K310:03/04
Photograph by Mark Mitchell

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John Wilson, 'Nation and government - New Zealand in the world', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 17 July 2024)

Story by John Wilson, updated 1 Sep 2016