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Map of Ross Island
Map of Ross Island
orthographic projection centred over Ross Island

Ross Island is an island formed by three volcanoes in the Ross Sea by Antarctica, off the coast of Victoria Land in McMurdo Sound at 77°40′S 168°00′E. Its area is 2,460 km². (950 sq mi.); only a small portion of the island is free of ice and snow. Sir James Clark Ross discovered it in 1841, and it was later named in honour of him by Robert F. Scott. The dormant volcano Terror (3230 m) and Erebus (3794 m), the planet's southernmost active volcano, are situated on the island. They were named by Ross after his ships HMS Erebus and HMS Terror. The third highest elevation is Mount Byrd, named after American explorer Richard E. Byrd. Download high resolution version (1000x800, 165 KB) Topographic map of Ross Island (1:250,000 scale) from USGS Ross Island. ... Download high resolution version (1000x800, 165 KB) Topographic map of Ross Island (1:250,000 scale) from USGS Ross Island. ... Image File history File links Orthographic_projection_centred_over_Ross_Island. ... Image File history File links Orthographic_projection_centred_over_Ross_Island. ... Volcano 1. ... Map of Antarctica (click to enlarge) Ice in the Ross Sea, Antarctica The Ross Sea is a deep bay of the Southern Ocean in Antarctica between Victoria Land and Marie Byrd Land. ... Categories: Antarctica geography stubs | Geography of Antarctica | Ross Dependency ... Sir James Clark Ross (April 15, 1800 – April 3, 1862), was a British naval officer and explorer. ... 1841 is a common year starting on Friday (link will take you to calendar). ... Captain Sir Robert Falcon Scott (June 6, 1868 - March 29, 1912) was a British Naval officer and Antarctic explorer. ... For mountains named Mount Terror, see Mount Terror. ... Mount Erebus in Antarctica is the southernmost active volcano on Earth. ... HMS Erebus was a Hecla-class bomb vessel constructed by the Royal Navy in Pembroke Dockyard, Wales in 1826. ... HMS Terror in the Arctic HMS Terror was a bomb vessel designed by Sir Henry Peake and constructed by the Royal Navy in the Davy shipyard in Topsham, Devon. ... Mount Byrd (77°10′S 144°38′W) is a mountain (810 m) located 1 mile (1. ... Rear Admiral Richard Evelyn Byrd, USN (October 25, 1888 – March 11, 1957) was a pioneering American polar explorer and famous aviator. ...


Despite its tiny size, Ross Island is the world's 9th highest island. This is a list of islands in the world ordered by highest point. ...


Ross Island was the base for many of the early expeditions to Antarctica. It was and still is the southernmost island reachable by sea. Huts built by Scott's and Shackleton's expeditions are still standing on the island, preserved as historical sites. Portrait of Ernest Henry Shackleton Sir Ernest Henry Shackleton CVO, OBE (February 15, 1874 – January 5, 1922) was an Anglo-Irish explorer, now chiefly remembered for his Antarctic expedition of 1914–1916 in the ship Endurance. ...

Land fast sea ice in the foreground. Ross Island in the background. 77° 30′ S Latitude 168° 00′ E Longitude.
Land fast sea ice in the foreground. Ross Island in the background. 77° 30′ S Latitude 168° 00′ E Longitude.

Ross Island lies within the boundaries of Ross Dependency, which is claimed by New Zealand, whose claim is unrecognised by most other states. Image File history File links Download high resolution version (1192x1712, 1247 KB) Location: Ross Sea, Antarctica Photo Date: 1999 January Photographer: Michael Van Woert, NOAA NESDIS, ORA File links The following pages link to this file: Ross Island ... Image File history File links Download high resolution version (1192x1712, 1247 KB) Location: Ross Sea, Antarctica Photo Date: 1999 January Photographer: Michael Van Woert, NOAA NESDIS, ORA File links The following pages link to this file: Ross Island ... Political status Dependency of New Zealand Governor Anand Satyanand Area   – Total  450 000 km² (174 000 mi²) Population Scott Base: 10-80 seasonally McMurdo Station: 200-1000 seasonally Currency New Zealand dollar The Ross Dependency comprises an area of Antarctica (and other land masses in the Southern Ocean) claimed by...


Today Ross Island is home to New Zealand's Scott Base, and the largest Antarctic settlement, the U.S. Antarctic Program's McMurdo Station. Greenpeace established World Park Base on the island and it ran for five years, from 1987 to 1992. Scott Base beneath the active volcano Mount Erebus Scott Base is a base located at 77°51′S 166°45′E in Antarctica, operated by New Zealand. ... Categories: Stub | United States | Antarctica ... McMurdo Station from Observation Hill. ... Greenpeace is an international environmental organization founded in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada in 1971. ... World Park Base was a non-governmental year-round Antarctic base located on Ross Island in Ross Dependency. ... 1987 (MCMLXXXVII) was a common year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... 1992 (MCMXCII) was a leap year starting on Wednesday. ...


Dinosaurs

In December 2003, paleontologists from St. Mary's College in California discovered the bones of a theropod dinosaur they nicknamed "Naze". The fast, carnivorous dinosaur, related to the Tyrannosaurus and Velociraptor, was about 1.8 m (6 ft) tall, and weighed 300 lb (135 kg), which made it closer in size to the raptors of Jurassic Park fame than the coyote-sized Velociraptor. A paleontologist carefully chips rock from a column of dinosaur vertebrae. ... Saint Marys College of California is a private, coeducational college located in Moraga, California. ... This article is about the U.S. state. ... Families See text Theropods (beast foot) are a group of bipedal, primarily carnivorous dinosaurs, belonging to the saurischian (lizard-hip) family. ... Orders & Suborders Saurischia Sauropodomorpha Theropoda Ornithischia Thyreophora Ornithopoda Marginocephalia Dinosaurs were vertebrate animals that dominated the terrestrial ecosystem for over 160 million years, first appearing approximately 230 million years ago. ... This tigers sharp teeth and strong jaws are the classical physical traits expected from carnivorous mammalian predators A carnivore (IPA: ), meaning meat eater (Latin carne meaning flesh and vorare meaning to devour), is an animal that eats a diet consisting mainly of meat, whether it comes from live animals... Binomial name Tyrannosaurus rex Osborn, 1905 Synonyms Manospondylus gigas Dynamosaurus imperiosus Dinotyrannus megagracilis Nanotyrannus lancensis? Tyrannosaurus (IPA pronunciation or ; from the Greek τυραννόσαυρος, meaning tyrant lizard) is a genus of tyrannosaurid theropod dinosaur. ... Binomial name Velociraptor mongoliensis Osborn, 1924 Velociraptor (meaning swift thief) is a genus of dromaeosaurid theropod dinosaur that existed approximately 83 to 70 million years ago during the later part of the Cretaceous Period. ... A foot (plural: feet; symbol or abbreviation: ft or, sometimes, ′ – a prime) is a unit of length, in a number of different systems, including English units, Imperial units, and United States customary units. ... The pound is the name of a number of units of mass, all in the range of 300 to 600 grams. ... Jurassic Park is a novel written by Michael Crichton that was published in 1990. ... Binomial name Canis latrans Say, 1823 The coyote (Canis latrans, meaning barking dog) also prairie wolf [2]) is a member of the Canidae (dog) family and a relative of the domestic dog. ...


See also

  • List of antarctic and sub-antarctic islands

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External links

  • U.S. Geological Survey Atlas Antarctic Research
  • Big Dead Place
  • NIWA New Zealand

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Ross Island - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (344 words)
Ross Island is an island formed by three volcanoes in the Ross Sea by Antarctica, off the coast of Victoria Land in McMurdo Sound at 77°40′S 168°00′E.
The dormant volcano Terror (3230 m) and Erebus (3794 m), the planet's southernmost active volcano, are situated on the island.
Ross Island lies within the boundaries of Ross Dependency, which is claimed by New Zealand, whose claim is unrecognised by most other states.
Encyclopedia4U - Ross Island - Encyclopedia Article (200 words)
Ross Island is a volcanic island in the Ross Sea by Antarctica, on the coast of Victoria Land.
Sir James Clark Ross discovered it in 1841, and the island was later named in honor of him by Robert F. Scott.
Ross Island was the base for many of the early expeditions to Antarctica; it was and still is the farthest south reachable by sea.
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