Terra Nullius: there is still unclaimed land on Earth that no country needs

The Mary Bird Territory is located on the east coast of Antarctica and covers an area of about 620,000 square kilometers (240,000 square miles). The land was named after the wife of English surveyor and cartographer Thomas Mary Bird, who first discovered the land in 1930.

Unlike other claimants to the Antarctic territory, no country has laid claim to Mary Bird Land. This may be due to its remote location and unsuitability for industrial activity. In addition, Antarctica is a nature reserve, and all countries that have signed the Antarctic Treaty undertake not to carry out industrial activities on the continent.

However, despite the lack of claims to Mary Bird Land, this does not mean that it is completely empty. In fact, it is home to one of the most inaccessible and ecologically clean areas of Antarctica. The area is covered in glaciers and snow, and the climate is extremely harsh, with temperatures dropping as low as -60°C (-76°F) in winter.

Mary Bird Land is a site for scientific research. It is home to several research stations where scientists from different countries study the climate, geology, biodiversity, and other aspects of Antarctica. These studies help increase our knowledge of the nature and changes occurring on the continent.

However, with climate change and Antarctica warming, there are concerns about the future of Mary Bird Land. Melting glaciers can lead to changes in the landscape and loss of ecosystems, which can affect the local fauna and flora. It is therefore important to continue scientific research in this region to understand what changes are occurring and how they can be counteracted.

In summary, Mary Bird Land remains one of the few places on Earth that does not belong to any country. It is a unique area for scientific research and is important for the study of Antarctica and its ecological state. It is hoped that in the future this piece of the Antarctica pie will be preserved in its natural state and will be a source of new discoveries and knowledge about our planet.

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