Antarctica continent name attributed to Scottish cartographer John George Bartholomew (1860-1920), who used it on a map published 1887. From ANTARCTIC (Cf. antarctic) (q.v.). Hypothetical southern continents had been imagined since antiquity; first sighting of Antarctica by Europeans probably was 1820 (Lazarev and Bellingshausen). Also Cf. ANTIPODES (Cf. Antipodes).

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