Answer to Question #88456 in Geography for Amanda

Question #88456
examine how successful one small scale example in either the arctic or antarctic has been (8 marks)
Expert's answer

Union Glacier is part of a large expanse of ice in the Ellsworth Range (part of the Transantarctic Mountains).


To ensure that this tourism is sustainable...

  • Visiting Union Glacier is expensive (around £15,000 - £20,000) so not many tourists can afford to go.
  • Guidelines are given to tourists about how they should behave with respect to the environment; these are based on Antarctic Treaty guidlines.
  • The continent has been bio-secured to reduce the risk of contamination (i.e. no non-native species are introduced).
  • Some equipment is run on solar panels to reduce the use of diesel.
  • All water is carefully contained and removed at the end of the season.
  • The continent needs advocates to promote the protection of Antartica so by allowing people to experience this place each visitor will become an advocate.



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