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Antarctica: a WebQuest

Why is Antarctica important?  Why do we need to protect it?


Task 1 - Climate

Task 2 - Wildlife

Task 3 - Human Activities

Task 4 - The Future






Wildlife in Antarctica

Unlike the land, which is the harshest environment on earth, the sea surrounding Antarctica is teeming with wildlife.  The water in the Southern Ocean is cold. The most important community in Antarctica is the sea ecosystem.  It ranges from the tiny phytoplankton and krill to the giant blue whale.  All the sea creatures are linked together by a food chain and this shows how the animals depend on each other for what they eat.nbsp;


Krill - the staple diet for many species of whales, seals, fish, squid and Antarctic birds. 

Task 2    

Choose one of the creatures from the wildlife table below.

      Your task is to make a "flip card" for your animal.  On the front will be a picture of your animal (fully labeled).  On the back of your card will be the facts about this animal.  Your card will measure 21cm high and 15cm wide.  It can be made on the computer or by hand.


Choose an animal from the table.  Click on this animal to go directly to a website for your information.  You may go to other sites listed under resources.
Use the following table as a guide for your "flip card".
Front of "flip card" Back of "flip card"
Name of your animal.

Make a line drawing of your animal.

Label all its features. (eg. black webbed feet with claws which they use for swimming.

Name of your animal.

Description (what does your animal look like?):

Habitat (where in Antarctica does your animal live?):

Diet (what does your animal eat?):

Breeding (how does your animal have babies?):

Adaptation (how does your animal survive in Antarctica?):



Antarctic Adventure  - Plant and Animal Life

Antarctica Animals

Other Resources

Davies, N., 1998. Big Blue Whale. Walker Books, London.

Fontanel, B., 1990. Life and Survival the Penguin. Franklin Watts, London.

Khanduri, K., 1993. Polar Wildlife. Usborne, London.

Scrace, C., 1999. The Journey of a Whale. Franklin Watts, New York.

Short, J. & Bird, B., 1994. Whales. Ashton Scholastic, Gosford.

Stewardson, C., 1997. Mammals of the Ice. Sedona Publishing, Canberra.

You may like to check out other websites or look for more resources in your school and local libraries.


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This WebQuest has been designed by Wendy Kemp for the subject 81529 Supervised Project 1 at the University of Southern Queensland.
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Last updated: May 10, 2001.