"More than a century has passed since explorers raced to plant their flags at the bottom of the world. But today, an array of countries are now rushing to assert greater influence in Antarctica. Russia built the continent's first Orthodox church, pictured here, on a glacier-filled island with fjords and elephant seals. Less than an hour away by snowmobile, Chinese laborers have updated the Great Wall Station, a linchpin in China's plan to operate 5 bases on Antarctica. And India's futuristic new Bharathi base resembles a spaceship. The continent is supposed to be protected as a scientific preserve for decades to come, but many are looking toward the day those protective treaties expire — and exploring the strategic and commercial opportunities that exist right now. Photo by @danielberehulak, who traveled to #Antarctica while on #nytassignment." By nytimes on Instagram.
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