Issues Magazine

Articles about mineral resources

Is there about to be a dash for Antarctica's resources?

By Nick Rowley

Antarctica may be on the limits of habitability, yet the interest in mining and exploitation is growing.

Few places have captured the human imagination like Antarctica. It is colder than anywhere on Earth, bounded by rough seas, buffeted by intense winds, home to fauna that are found nowhere else and, as far as we can tell, is a land where no human settlement has ever endured.