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South Shetland Islands: Quiz


Question 1: Despite the harsh conditions the islands do support vegetation and are part of the Scotia Sea Islands tundra ecoregion, along with South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands, the South Orkney Islands and ________.
French Southern and Antarctic LandsFalkland IslandsBouvet IslandKerguelen Islands

Question 2: The Espirito Santo was followed from the ________ by the American brig Hersilia commanded by Captain James Sheffield (with second mate Nathaniel Palmer), the first American sealer in the South Shetlands.
Falkland IslandsBermudaAnguillaCayman Islands

Question 3: The islands are the same distance from the equator as the ________ in the north Atlantic but their proximity to Antarctica means that they have a much colder climate.
JerseyGibraltarGreenlandFaroe Islands

Question 4: The islands lie 940 km south of the Falkland Islands, and between 93 km (________) and 269 km (Clarence Island) northwest and north from the nearest point of the Antarctic continent, Graham Land.
Bridgeman Island (South Shetland Islands)Livingston IslandPenguin Island (South Shetland Islands)Deception Island

Question 5: They are also claimed by the governments of Chile (since 1940, as part of the Antártica Chilena Province) and by ________ (since 1943, as part of Argentine Antarctica, Tierra del Fuego Province).
BrazilArgentinaUruguayBuenos Aires

Question 6: ________ and whaling was done on the islands during the 19th and early 20th century.
Seal hunting2008 Canadian commercial seal huntCanadaDenmark

Question 7: The South Shetland Islands are a group of Antarctic islands, lying about 120 kilometres (75 mi) north of the ________,[1] with a total area of 3,687 square kilometres (1,424 sq mi).
AntarcticaVostok StationAntarctic PeninsulaEast Antarctica

Question 8: The name "New South Britain" was used briefly, but was soon changed to South Shetland Islands (in reference to the Shetland Islands off the northern coast of ________).
WalesScotlandEnglandUnited Kingdom

Question 9: These areas support tundra vegetation consisting of mosses, lichens and ________, while seabirds, penguins and seals feed in the surrounding waters.
Wild fisheriesPhotosynthesisPlantAlgae

Question 10: The islands have experienced measurable ________ retreat during recent years but despite this they remain more than 80% snow and ice covered throughout the summer.
Little Ice AgeCurrent sea level riseGlacierIce sheet


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