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The Ellsworth Mountains are the highest mountain ranges in Antarctica, forming a 360 km (200 mi) long and 48 km (30 mi) chain of mountains in a north to south configuration on the western margin of the Ronne Ice Shelf. They are bisected by Minnesota Glacier to form the northern Sentinel Range and the southern Heritage Range. The former is by far the higher and more spectacular with Vinson Massif (4,897 m) constituting the highest point on the continent. The mountains were discovered on November 23, 1935, by Lincoln Ellsworth in the course of a trans-Antarctic flight from Dundee Island to the Ross Ice Shelf. He gave the descriptive name Sentinel Range.


The mountains were mapped in detail by USGS from ground surveys and U.S. Navy aerial photography, 1958-66. When it became evident that the mountains comprise two distinct ranges, the US-ACAN restricted the application of Sentinel Range to the high northern one and gave the name Heritage Range to the southern one; the Committee recommended the name of the discoverer for this entire group of mountains.


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Ellsworth Mountains - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (257 words)
The Ellsworth Mountains are the highest mountain ranges in Antarctica, forming a 360 km (200 mi) long and 48 km (30 mi) wide chain of mountains in a north to south configuration on the western margin of the Ronne Ice Shelf.
The mountains were discovered on November 23, 1935, by Lincoln Ellsworth in the course of a trans-Antarctic flight from Dundee Island to the Ross Ice Shelf.
When it became evident that the mountains comprise two distinct ranges, the US-ACAN restricted the application of Sentinel Range to the high northern one and gave the name Heritage Range to the southern one; the Committee recommended the name of the discoverer for this entire group of mountains.
The Ordovician System in Antarctica (2875 words)
Although these regions are extensive and widely separated, a Mountains from the Shackleton Range to Byrd Glacier were part of a single major pattern is emerging to suggest that the Ellsworth Mountains and Transantarctic sedimentary-tectonic province, encompassing similar sedimentary environments and tectonic events.
Cambro-Ordovician magmatism in the Thiel Mountains, Transantarctic Mountains, and implications for the Beardmore Orogeny.
Petrology of Upper Precambrian and Paleozoic sandstones in the Pensacola Mountains, Antarctica.
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