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Foriegn Names in Antarctica

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This little news story from IOL, a South African news web site:
Amundsen and Scott may have to share billing with Confucius and Mao Zedong when China publishes a new map of Antarctica.

Chinese researchers back from a four-month expedition said 46 newly surveyed Antarctic islands would receive Chinese names, state media said on Wednesday. Scholars, politicians, emperors and artists figured high on the 160-name shortlist.

"This first map will be a landmark contribution made by China to the world in Antarctic research," Xinhua news agency quoted Zhao Yue, a scientist on the expedition, as saying.

Zhao added that Chinese names should be featured given China's independent survey of the Grove area - a mountainous area in Antarctica's eastern extreme - and the prevalence of foreign names on Antarctic maps.

The map will be published in March 2007.
Aren’t all names in Antarctica foriegn?

1 Responses to “Foriegn Names in Antarctica”

  1. Anonymous Jack 

    ... and what's 'foreign' anyway in a region not part of your 'own' country?

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