Antarctica is a vital part of the Earth's biosphere, and it should not be ruined by environmental destruction brought on by endless strip mining. We need to stop this wasteful practice just to get more minerals, and especially when it comes to a polar ice cap. We need to learn to live without doing such things.
Antarctica should remain that beautiful continent down south, and not some home grown experiment. Instead of using those natural resources to line the pockets of some greedy prospector, maybe we should explore the territory for some other worthwhile benefit. Maybe then we can discover it's true beauty. One could only hope.