Environmental protection

Small round particles of ice piled on top of each other
Dragon ice

When you are out in the field, you are expected to observe the following guidelines:

  • Familiarise yourself with any protected areas near where you are going, and do not visit them without appropriate permits
  • Ensure you have a permit if you wish to collect any biological or geological specimens including rocks, bones, eggs or fossils
  • Stay off ice and snow free areas with the exception of designated roads and crossings
  • Do not walk on the moss beds and lichens. Although they may look dead, they are probably still alive and may have taken hundreds of years to grow
  • Do not disturb or pollute lakes or streams
  • Do not paint or engrave names or graffiti on rocks
  • Ensure that all cargo and waste is properly secured to ensure it does not end up scattered across Antarctica.

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This page was last modified on 12 August 2010.