Celebrating 100 years of Australian Antarctic expeditions

Cover of Celebrating 100 years of Australian Antarctic Expeditions
Photo: Kristin Yates

The Australian Antarctic Division administers the Territory of Heard Island and McDonald Islands and the Australian Antarctic Territory, a claim covering 42% of the Antarctic continent. One hundred years ago Douglas Mawson laid the foundations for this claim, and led the first Australian scientific expedition to Antarctica.

Today, as Antarctica grows in national and global importance, the Australian Antarctic Division continues this important work. Research in the Southern Ocean, the Antarctic and the subantarctic addresses critical issues such as climate change, the human footprint on Antarctica and the increasing demands for food security caused by human population growth.

Read more about 100 years of Australian exploration and research in this special booklet Celebrating 100 years of Australian Antarctic expeditions [PDF]

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