Ever since Captain James Cook circumnavigated the Antarctic in 1772 explorers have struggled on foot, by dog sled and by plane across this highest, windiest, iciest, most desolate of the seven continents. Against hardships which conquered the weakest and the unluckiest they won fame for themselves, large chunks of the frozen desert for their flags. Last week Chile found an easier way to share in the Antarctic Circle pie, cut itself a large slice by Government decree.

Chile is the nearest country to the Antarctic. According to Government reasoning, the area claimed was a logical extension of Chile proper...

Want the full story?

Subscribe Now


Get TIME the way you want it

  • One Week Digital Pass — $4.99
  • Monthly Pay-As-You-Go DIGITAL ACCESS$2.99
  • One Year ALL ACCESSJust $30!   Best Deal!
    Print Magazine + Digital Edition + Subscriber-only Content on

Learn more about the benefits of being a TIME subscriber

If you are already a subscriber sign up — registration is free!