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Booth Island and Mount Scott flank the narrow Lemaire Channel on the west side of the Antarctic Peninsula.
Booth Island and Mount Scott flank the narrow Lemaire Channel on the west side of the Antarctic Peninsula.

Antarctic Peninsula (69°30′ S 065°00′ W) is the northernmost part of the mainland of Antarctica, and almost the only part of that continent that extends outside the Antarctic Circle. It lies in the Western Hemisphere, facing South America. It extends from a line between Cape Adams (Weddell Sea) and a point on the mainland south of Eklund Islands, to Prime Head (63º13'S). Jump to: navigation, search Image File history File links Download high resolution version (720x989, 180 KB) Author: Giovanni Fattori Antarctic Peninsula map File links The following pages link to this file: Antarctic Peninsula ... Jump to: navigation, search Image File history File links Download high resolution version (720x989, 180 KB) Author: Giovanni Fattori Antarctic Peninsula map File links The following pages link to this file: Antarctic Peninsula ... Photo of Booth Island and Mount Scott in Antarctica, taken February 2001 by User:Stan Shebs File history Legend: (cur) = this is the current file, (del) = delete this old version, (rev) = revert to this old version. ... Photo of Booth Island and Mount Scott in Antarctica, taken February 2001 by User:Stan Shebs File history Legend: (cur) = this is the current file, (del) = delete this old version, (rev) = revert to this old version. ... Booth Island from the south, Lemaire Channel barely visible on the right Booth Island (or Wandel Island) is a rugged, Y-shaped island, 5 miles long and rising to 980 m, off the west coast of the Antarctic Peninsula in Antarctica in the northeastern part of the Wilhelm Archipelago. ... Mount Scott is a horseshoe-shaped massif, open to the SW with its convex side fronting on Girard Bay and its NW side on Lemaire Channel, on the west coast of Graham Land. ... In the north entry of Lemaire Channel looking south, from the deck of the Hanseatic. ... Zoomable PDF of the map this is based on The Antarctic Circle is one of the five major circles of latitude that mark maps of the Earth. ... Jump to: navigation, search The Geographical Western Hemisphere of Earth highlighted in yellow. ... South America South America is a continent crossed by the equator, with most of its area in the Southern Hemisphere. ...


The first sighting of Antarctic Peninsula is contested but it apparently occurred in the 1820s. Agreement on this name by the US-ACAN and UK-APC in 1964 resolved a long-standing difference involving use of the American name, Palmer Peninsula, and the British name, Graham Land, for this feature. Graham Land is now restricted to that part of Antarctic Peninsula northward of a line between Cape Jeremy and Cape Agassiz; Palmer Land to the part southward of that line. In Chile, it is officially referred as O´Higgins Land, after the Chilean patriot and Antarctic visionary. The other Spanish countries call it "Península Antártica", among them is Argentina (though also calls it "Tierra de San Martín"): it has got more bases and people there than any other nation. Jump to: navigation, search Events and Trends Nationalistic independence movements helped reshape the world during this decade: Greece declares independence from the Ottoman Empire (1821). ... The Advisory Committee on Antarctic Names (ACAN or US-ACAN) is an advisory committee of the United States Board on Geographic Names responsible for recommending names for features in Antarctica. ... The UK Antarctic Place-Names Committee (or UK-APC) is a United Kingdom government committee responsible for recommending names of geographical locations within the British Antarctic Territory and the South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands. ... Map of Antarctica Graham Land is that portion of the Antarctic Peninsula which lies north of a line joining Cape Jeremy and Cape Agassiz. ... Map of Antarctica Palmer Land (71°30′ S 065°00′ W) is that portion of the Antarctic Peninsula which lies south of a line joining Cape Jeremy and Cape Agassiz. ... Bernardo OHiggins Riquelme (August 20, 1778 – October 24, 1842), South American revolutionary leader and first Chilean head of state (Supreme Director, 1817–23), commanded the military forces that won independence from Spain. ...


The peninsula is highly mountainous, its highest peaks rising to approximately 2,800 metres (9,186 feet). These mountains are considered to be a continuation of the Andes of South America, with a submarine spine connecting the two. That is an argument used by Chile and Argentina for their territorial claims. Jump to: navigation, search This article needs to be cleaned up to conform to a higher standard of quality. ... South America South America is a continent crossed by the equator, with most of its area in the Southern Hemisphere. ...


Since the peninsula has the mildest climate in Antarctica, the highest concentration of research stations on the continent can be found there, or on the many nearby islands.


Hope Bay, at 63°23′ S 057°00′ W, is near to the northernmost extremity of the peninsula, which is Prime Head, at 63º13'S. Hope Bay (63º23´S 057º00´W) is 5 km (3 mi) long and 3 km (2 mi) wide, indenting the tip of Antarctic Peninsula and opening on Antarctic Sound. ...


External link

  • "Of Ice and Men" Account of a tourist visit to the Antarctic Peninsula by Roderick Eime
  • Biodiversity at Ardley Island, South Shetland archipelago, Antarctic Peninsula

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Antarctic Peninsula - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (330 words)
Antarctic Peninsula (69°30′ S 065°00′ W) is the northernmost part of the mainland of Antarctica, and the only part of that continent that extends outside the Antarctic Circle.
The first sighting of Antarctic Peninsula is contested but it apparently occurred in the 1820s.
Graham Land is now restricted to that part of Antarctic Peninsula northward of a line between Cape Jeremy and Cape Agassiz; Palmer Land to the part southward of that line.
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