Antarctica: a WebQuest
Why is Antarctica important? Why do we need to protect it?
Human Activities in Antarctica
It was less than 200 years ago that exploration of Antarctica first took place. During this time humans have explored the continent; plundered the seals and whales; carried out mining and oil exploration; visited as tourists; established scientific research bases; and fought out conservation issues. The human involvement in Antarctica has resulted in changes to the environment.
Camp in Antarctica Tourist ship
For this task you will need to find out what have been the effects of human activities in Antarctica. Look at the positive and negative effects of each activity.
For Task 3 and Task 4 you will be in a group of 5 students. Each student will choose one of the following human activities: mining and oil exploration; fishing (including sealing and whaling); tourism; scientific studies; and conservation. You will need to fill in the following chart and answer three questions.
By clicking on each activity you will be directed to a website. Check out the resources for other websites, and books.
Hooper, M. 1997. Journey to Antarctica. Scholastic Australia, Gosford.
Kriewaldt, J. 1997. Australian Issues Collection: Antarctica. McGraw-Hill, Sydney.
Lucas, M. 1996. Antarctica. New Holland, London.
McDonald, K. 1996. Antarctica. Reed Library, Melbourne.
This WebQuest has been designed by Wendy Kemp for the subject 81529 Supervised Project 1 at the University
of Southern Queensland.