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Why: I'm watching a segment on "Nightline" called "Life in the Freezer."
Answer: No, there are no cities on the continent. However, the "unofficial capital" is considered to be King George Island, which hosts bases for 12 different nations: Argentina, Brazil, Chile, China, Poland, Russia, South Korea, and Uruguay (year round), and Ecuador, Germany, Peru, and the US (during summer).
Source: Cool Antarctica
The More You Know: King George Island is only about 450 sq. miles, more than 90% being glaciated. Here is its history!
- 1819 - Claimed by Britain
- 1908 - Formally annexed by Britain as part of the Falkland Island Dependencies
- 1940 - Claimed by Chile
- 1943 - Claimed by Argentina
- 2004 - Russian Orthodox Trinity Church opened near Russia's base, one of the few permanent structures on the island. It is permanently manned by 1 or 2 priests.