RGS student designs winning flag for Antarctica

RGS student designs winning flag for Antarctica

In celebration of Antarctica Day in Term 2, RGS students flexed their creative minds to design an original flag which they felt represented the icy continent. There were a number of really detailed and creative flags submitted but this one was chosen as it clearly met the competition brief, as outlined by UK Polar Network.

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The winning flag (above) was by Saniya Nair and it was taken to Antarctica by a group of research scientists to be flown to Antarctica.

The Flag was held up next to A68A the largest remaining part of the iceberg that broke away from the Larsen C ice shelf in 2017.

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The photo above was taken in front of some of the smaller parts that have broken off the iceberg, near A-68P, the most recently named fragment (which is around 100 square km).

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In the photo above is physical oceanographer Povl Abrahamsen, holding the flag in front of iceberg A-68A, the largest remaining part of iceberg A-68, which broke off Larsen C Ice Shelf in 2017.

As Antarctica does not have its own official flag, the UK Polar Network (UKPN) asks schools to design one which they believe symbolises this continent. UKPN then pair the flags with researchers that are heading down to Antarctica for the Austral Summer (November-January).

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The flags are then transported all the way to Antarctica with these “flag bearers”. Upon the flags return, schools receive proof of travel with a certificate and photos of their journey. Below is a selection of all the flags that made the journey this year.

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