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There is no official flag for Antarctica — mostly because there
is no government or other authority to adopt such a flag.
Ole Andersen, 20 Feb 2000
The various Antarctic treaties make it clear that no one country
can claim any part of that continent as a political possession.
Ron Lahav, 14 Mar 2005
The information about the symbols of various Antarctic programs is so hard
to get. The gentelman from the Ukrainian Antarctic Center informed me that to
his knowledge all countries use their national flags there, but he might be
wrong. It is possible that some of the logos are displayed in the form of
flags, but I could not find any hard evidence of that.
Chris Kretowicz, 11 May 2001
From occasional footage on the Antarctic I’d say that both statements
are correct: The stations fly the national flags, but they also display(ed?)
the logo of their organisations, sometimes in the form of flags. Of course,
the researchers may have other things on their minds than caring about flags,
so it may be that these are only hoisted on special occasions.
Peter Hans van den Muijzenberg, 12 May 2001
Vexillacta 12 (June 2001) [vxl] includes a flag-oriented interview of Alain Hubert, a Belgian explorator who walked through Antarctica with Dixie Dansercoeur (3924 km in 99 days, November 1997 - February 1998). Hubert describes their arrival to the American basis Amundsen-Scott, which is located on the geographical South Pole. Twelve national flags are hoisted there (outdoors) permanently in an ark. They represent the twelve countries which founded the Antarctica Treaty in 1958:
It’s interesting to note that all countries that have or
had claims over parts of Antarctica and that have of had adopted flags
related to Antarctica, have taken the care of puting under these flags
therritories outside the antactic claims as well. With the usual exception,
that is: in British Antarctic Territory there are no lands outside
Jorge Candeias, 06 Jul 2002
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