What is the Antarctic? Some extraordinary nature on the border between the earthly and the cosmic? A treasure trove of natural resources of global importance? A land with a no longer small history of heroic efforts on the limit of human abilities? Or the future home of numerous settlers? Whose is the Antarctic? Is it a common heritage that will continue to be managed jointly by a group of countries under the provisions of the Antarctic Treaty? Or is it, on the contrary, yet to be partitioned into separate possessions? Many questions, with still more answers.