TERRA AUSTRALIS INCOGNITA (Unknown Southern Land) is a project of the program ECOANTAR of the Bulgarian Antarctic Institute, whose purpose is to collect and make available all the currently known maps depicting Antarctica antiquity traced their development through the centuries until today, also show today maps of the Icy continent, including topographical, geological, satellite images, maps of the ice surface and under ice surface of the continent, maps of various research bases, etc. Of course, special attention is paid to the Bulgarian contribution to the mapping of Antarctica, they will be included maps on Livingston Island of prof. Lyubomir Ivanov and digital large-scale topographic map near the Bulgarian Antarctic base composed during the 24th Antarctic expedition by teams of Military geographic service of the Ministry of Defense and the University of architecture, Civil Engineering and Geodesy , funded by the Agency for Geodesy, cartography and cadastre.
The maps will be divided into several periods reflecting their historical development.
The idea is maps are accompanied with explanatory texts and rich data about their authors study period, offering tidbits. After their presentation to the public maps and texts will be collect in a kind of atlas of Antarctica. So anyone who wants to can follow the interesting history of the continent and to consider whether anybody can do for the future to Antarctica and for the future of the entire planet.
The initiative is part of the International Year of the map 2015-2016, according to a decision of the International Cartographic Association (ICA) all cartographic events in 2015-2016 will be under the motto "We love maps!” The aim is to promote the importance of maps and geoinformation, cartographic works worldwide and the development of cartographic methods for visualization of the surrounding world needs and the development of society on a global and regional context. Furthermore Antarctic cartographic collection is dedicated to the Day of the map – 30th November and the International Day of Antarctica 1st December.
The aim is by tracing the history of the last still virgin and less affected by human activity continent to draw public attention to its preservation and future operation and a kind of appeal to the preservation of the unique flora and fauna.
The project is implemented within the framework of the celebrations of the 25th anniversary of the Madrid Protocol on Environmental Protection to the Antarctic Treaty.