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British Antarctic Territory


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    • us: BAT (British Antarctic Territory)
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    • Descriptor

        Territory
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        British overseas territory
    • Descriptor

        (aat) Overseas territories
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        (lcsh) Great Britain--Territories and possessions
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    • found: Statesman's yrbk., 1989-90: p. 238 (British Antarctic Territory; est. 1962; lands and islands within the area south of 60°S latitude lying between 20°W and 80°W longitude, approximately due south of the Falkland Islands and the Dependencies)
    • found: Webster's new geog. dict., 1984 (British Antarctic Territory)
    • notfound: BGN 6-26-91 (not in BGN files; disclaimer: the U.S. does not recognize any claims to sovereignty in Antarctica or the territory south of 60° South Latitude, either for itself or by any other country)
    • found: GeoNames, algorithmically matched, 2009 (unknown; 90°00ʹ00ʺS 000°00ʹ00ʺE)
    • found: Wikipedia, October 1, 2015 (The British Antarctic Territory (BAT) is a sector of Antarctica claimed by the United Kingdom as one of its 14 British Overseas Territories and is the largest. It comprises the region south of 60°S latitude and between longitudes 20°W and 80°W, forming a wedge shape that extends to the South Pole, overlapping the Antarctic claims of Argentina (Argentine Antarctica) and Chile (Chilean Antarctic Territory); formed on 3 March 1962, although the UK's claim to this portion of the Antarctic dates back to Letters patent of 1908 and 1917. The area now covered by the Territory includes three regions which, before 1962, were administered by the British as separate dependencies of the Falkland Islands: Graham Land, the South Orkney Islands, and the South Shetland Islands. Since the Antarctic Treaty came into force in 1961, Article 4 of which states "The treaty does not recognize, dispute, nor establish territorial sovereignty claims; no new claims shall be asserted while the treaty is in force", most countries do not recognise territorial claims in Antarctica; 75°00ʹS 50°00ʹW)
  • Editorial Notes

    • [Qualify entities within British Antarctic Territory by "(Antarctica)"]
  • Change Notes

    • 1990-08-23: new
    • 2015-10-04: revised
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