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Continental Antarctica bioregion

The bioregion’s land area is provided in units of 1,000 hectares. The protection goal is the combined Global Safety Net (GSN1) areas for the component ecoregions. The protection level indicates the percentage of the GSN goal that is currently protected on a scale of 0-10. N/A means data is not available at this time.

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    Total Land Area (1000 ha)
  • 15
    Number of Ecoregions
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    Protection Target
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    Protection level

The main Antarctica bioregion includes the entirety of the Antarctic continent, with the exception of the Antarctic Peninsula. It consists of ice-covered land, glaciers, and coastal ice sheets, but also includes a variety of coastal tundra habitats important for biodiversity. The bioregion includes 15 tundra ecoregions altogether – Ellsworth Land Tundra [1], Marie Byrd Land Tundra [2]. Transantarctic Mountains Tundra, [3] South Victoria Land Tundra [4], North Victoria Land Tundra [5], Adelie Land Tundra [6], East Antarctic Tundra [7], Prince Charles Mountains Tundra [8], Enderby Land Tundra [9], Dronning Maud Land Tundra [10], South Antarctic Peninsula Tundra [11], Central South Antarctic Peninsula Tundra [12], Northeast Antarctic Peninsula Tundra [13], Northwest Antarctic Peninsula Tundra [14], Ellsworth Land Tundra [15] – and adjacent marine areas in the Southern Ocean, which shelter an abundance of wildlife, including penguins, blue whales, orcas, colossal squids, fur seals, many endemic fish species, and the nesting ground for over 100 million birds.

The Continental Antarctica bioregion is part of the Antarctic Continent & Islands subrealm and is made up of 15 ecoregions: Ellsworth Land Tundra [1], Marie Byrd Land Tundra [2]. Transantarctic Mountains Tundra, [3] South Victoria Land Tundra [4], North Victoria Land Tundra [5], Adelie Land Tundra [6], East Antarctic Tundra [7], Prince Charles Mountains Tundra [8], Enderby Land Tundra [9], Dronning Maud Land Tundra [10], South Antarctic Peninsula Tundra [11], Central South Antarctic Peninsula Tundra [12], Northeast Antarctic Peninsula Tundra [13], Northwest Antarctic Peninsula Tundra [14], Ellsworth Land Tundra [15].

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