Slices Of The Pie: Mapping Territorial Claims In Antarctica

For the 55% of the world’s population who reside in cities, land is viewed as a precious commodity—every square foot has a value attached to it. As the global population continues to rise toward the eight billion mark, it can seem like humans have laid claim to every available corner of the earth.

While this is mostly true, there is one place on the planet that is vast, empty, and even partially unclaimed: Antarctica.

Today’s map, originally created by the CIA World Factbook, visualizes the active claims on Antarctic territory, as well as the location of many permanent research facilities.

The History of Antarctic Territorial Claims

In the first half of the 20th Century, a number of countries began to claim wedge-shaped portions of territory on the southernmost continent. Even Nazi Germany was in on the action, claiming a large swath of land which they dubbed New Swabia.

After WWII, the Antarctic Treaty system—which established the legal framework for the management of the continent—began to take shape. In the 1950s, seven countries including Argentina, Australia, Chile, France, New Zealand, Norway, and the United Kingdom claimed territorial sovereignty over portions of Antarctica. A number of other nations, including the U.S. and Japan, were engaged in exploration but hadn’t put forward claims in an official capacity.

Territorial claims in Antarctica Territory name Area of claim
πŸ‡¦πŸ‡Ί Australia Australian Antarctic Territory 3,663,915 mi² (5,896,500 km²)
πŸ‡³πŸ‡΄ Norway Queen Maud Land 1,677,702 mi² (2,700,000 km²)
πŸ‡¬πŸ‡§ United Kingdom British Antarctic Territory 1,062,171 mi² (1,709,400 km²)
πŸ‡¦πŸ‡· Argentina Argentine Antarctica 908,194 mi² (1,461,597 km²)
πŸ‡¨πŸ‡± Chile Chilean Antarctic Territory 776,874 mi² (1,250,258 km²)
πŸ‡³πŸ‡Ώ New Zealand Ross Dependency 279,617 mi² (450,000 km²)
πŸ‡«πŸ‡· France Adélie Land 268,432 mi² (432,000 km²)
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