We’re studying Antarctica. The kids are doing some mapping, and it had never occurred to me that mapping the bottom of the world is a little different than most places. For instance, the compass rose.
As my son said, all the points need to say North, don’t they? And how do compasses work in Antarctica, anyway? (Thanks, Jean, for an answer to that! )
Edited to add: and who decided which edge of Antarctica to put at the top of the map? Most (though not all) of the ones I’ve seen show Queen Maud Land (the Atlantic side) at the top, but why?
Another interesting thought: The International Date Line technically runs from the Pacific Coast to the center of the continent, so if you travel around central Antarctica, wouldn’t the date become a little confusing? Not that anyone traveling around central Antarctica is really going to care much about the date (I imagine they would have much bigger things on their minds) but it’s still sort of fascinating to ponder.