Did you know that there is an area of 1,610,000 km2 on earth that has not been claimed by anyone? It has one of the harshest climates on the planet. Amazing, right?
Do you know where we need to travel to in order so set foot on it?
Marie Byrd Land remains one of the harshest climates on the planet, so inaccessible and rough that no sovereign nation has laid claim to it. Some expeditions have forged further into the area, but the only way explorers have been able to map out Marie Byrd Land in the years since has been from the air.
Because of its remoteness, even by Antarctic standards, most of Marie Byrd Land (the portion east of 150°W) has not been claimed by any sovereign state.
It is by far the largest single unclaimed territory on Earth, with an area of 1,610,000 km2 (620,000 sq mi) (including Eights Coast, immediately east of Marie Byrd Land).
In 1939, United States President Franklin D. Roosevelt instructed members of the United States Antarctic Service Expedition to take steps to claim some of Antarctica as United States territory.
Although this appears to have been done by members of this and subsequent expeditions, these do not appear to have been formalized prior to 1959, when the Antarctic Treaty System was set up.
Some publications in the United States have shown this as a United States territory in the intervening period, and the United States Defence Department has stated that United States has a solid basis for a claim in Antarctica resulting from its activities prior to 1959.[2] The portion west of 150°W is part of Ross Dependency claimed by New Zealand.


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