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Location of the South Shetlands
Location of the South Shetlands

The South Shetland Islands are a group of Antarctic islands, lying about 120 kilometres north of the Antarctic Peninsula. They have been administered as part of British Antarctic Territory since 1962.[citation needed] Under the Antarctic Treaty 1959, the Islands' sovereignty is neither recognized nor disputed by the signatories and they are free for use by any signatory for non-military use. Image File history File links Download high-resolution version (872x872, 110 KB) Location of Livingston Island, South Shetland Islands, Antarctica The map was created with this online map creation tool. ... Image File history File links Download high-resolution version (872x872, 110 KB) Location of Livingston Island, South Shetland Islands, Antarctica The map was created with this online map creation tool. ... To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article or section may require cleanup. ... Antarctic Peninsula map Booth Island and Mount Scott flank the narrow Lemaire Channel on the west side of the Antarctic Peninsula. ... Motto: Research and Discovery Anthem: God Save the Queen Status British overseas territory Official language(s) - Commissioner Tony Crombie Administrator Michael Richardson Area 1,395,000 km² Population c. ... The Antarctic Treaty and related agreements, collectively called the Antarctic Treaty System or ATS, regulate international relations with respect to Antarctica, Earths only continent without a native population. ...


The Islands are claimed by Argentina (since 1943) as part of Argentine Antarctica, Tierra del Fuego Province and by Chile (since 1940) as part of Antártica Chilena Province. Antarctic portion between meridians 25º West and 74º West Argentine Antarctica (in Spanish, Antártida Argentina) is a sector of Antarctica which Argentina considers part of its National Territory. ... Tierra del Fuego, Antarctica, and South Atlantic Islands (Spanish: Provincia de Tierra del Fuego, Antártida e Islas del Atlántico Sur) is a province entirely separated by the Strait of Magellan from mainland Argentina on the Isla Grande of Tierra del Fuego, which it shares with Chile to the... Flag of the Magallanes y la Antártica Chilena Region showing the southern cross. ...


Several countries maintain research stations on the Islands. Most of them are situated on King George Island, benefitting from the airfield of the Chilean base Eduardo Frei. King George Island or ÃŽle du Roi Georges or Isla 25 de Mayo or Isla Rey Jorge or Isla Veinticinco de Mayo or King Georges Island or König Georg Insel or Waterloo Island is the largest of the South Shetland Islands, situated at 62°23′ S 58°67...

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History

Williams Point, discovered on 19 February 1819
Williams Point, discovered on 19 February 1819

According to some historians the Dutchman Dirck Gerritsz in 1599, or the Spaniard Gabriel de Castilla in 1603 may have been the first to see any Antarctic lands, both of them supposedly sailing south of the Drake Passage in the South Shetland Islands area. In 1818 Juan Pedro de Aguirre obtained permission from the Buenos Aires authorities to install an establishment for sealing on "some of the uninhabited islands near the South Pole" [1]. Image File history File links Size of this preview: 800 × 599 pixelsFull resolution‎ (2,236 × 1,673 pixels, file size: 559 KB, MIME type: image/jpeg) Punta Williams, descubierto el 19 de febrero de 1819 Williams Point, Livingston Island, South Shetland Islands This template is deprecated by {{PermissionOTRS}} and {{PermissionOTRS... Image File history File links Size of this preview: 800 × 599 pixelsFull resolution‎ (2,236 × 1,673 pixels, file size: 559 KB, MIME type: image/jpeg) Punta Williams, descubierto el 19 de febrero de 1819 Williams Point, Livingston Island, South Shetland Islands This template is deprecated by {{PermissionOTRS}} and {{PermissionOTRS... Dirck Gerritszoon Pomp, alias Dirck China (1544-1608) was a Dutch sailor of the 16th-17th century, and the first known Dutchman to visit Japan. ... Gabriel de Castilla (1577-1620), was a sailor and Spanish explorer. ... Drake Passage between South America and Antarctica. ... For other uses, see Buenos Aires (disambiguation). ...


Captain William Smith in the British merchant brig Williams, while sailing to Valparaiso, Chile in 1819 deviated from his route south of Cape Horn, and on 19 February sighted Williams Point, the northeast extremity of Livingston Island. Smith revisited the South Shetlands, landed on King George Island on 16 October 1819, and claimed possession for Britain. William Smith (born c. ... Valparaiso is the name of at least three cities and a village: Valparaíso, Chile Valparaiso, Florida Valparaiso, Indiana Valparaiso, Nebraska This is a disambiguation page — a navigational aid which lists other pages that might otherwise share the same title. ... Cape Horn from the South. ... Livingston Island (62°36′ S 060°30′ W) is 61 km (38 mi) long and from 3 to 32 km (2 to 20 mi) wide, lying between Greenwich and Snow Islands in the South Shetland Islands. ... Location of King George Island Map of King George Island King George Island (Argentina: Isla 25 de Mayo, Chile: Isla Rey Jorge, Russian historical name - Vaterlo (Waterloo)) is the largest of the South Shetland Islands, situated at , 120 kilometers off the coast of Antarctica in the Southern Ocean. ...


Meanwhile, the Spanish Navy ship San Telmo sank in September 1819 whilst trying to go through the Drake Passage. Parts of her supposed wreckage were found months later by sealers on the north coast of Livingston Island. San Telmo (Saint Peter Gonzalez or Saint Erasmus of Formiae) was a Spanish 74-gun ship of the line, launched in 1788. ...


In December 1819 - January 1820 the islands were surveyed and mapped by Lieutenant Edward Bransfield onboard the Williams, with the ship chartered by the Royal Navy. Edward Bransfield (1785 – 1852) was a master in the Royal Navy and arguably the discoverer of the continent of Antarctica. ... This article is about the navy of the United Kingdom. ...


Already on 15 November 1819 the American agent in Valparaíso, Jeremy Robinson informed the US Secretary of State John Quincy Adams of Smith’s discovery and Bransfield’s forthcoming mission, and suggested the dispatch of a US government ship to explore the islands where "new sources of wealth, power and happiness would be disclosed and science itself be benefited thereby." For other places with the same name, see Valparaiso (disambiguation). ... John Quincy Adams (July 11, 1767 – February 23, 1848) was a diplomat, politician, and the sixth President of the United States (March 4, 1825 – March 4, 1829). ...


The discovery of the islands attracted British and American sealers. The first sealing ship to operate in the area was the brig Espirito Santo chartered by British merchants in Buenos Aires. The ship arrived at Rugged Island off Livingston Island, where its British crew landed on Christmas Day 1819, and claimed the islands for King George III; a narrative of the events was published by the brig's master Joseph Herring in the July 1820 edition of the Imperial Magazine. The Espirito Santo was followed from the Falkland Islands by the American brig Hersilia commanded by Captain James Sheffield (with second mate Nathaniel Palmer), the first American sealer in the South Shetlands. Rugged Island or Isla Rugosa or Lloyds Island or Ragged Island is an island 3 miles long and 1 mile wide, lying west of Livingston Island in the South Shetland Islands. ... Livingston Island (62°36′ S 060°30′ W) is 61 km (38 mi) long and from 3 to 32 km (2 to 20 mi) wide, lying between Greenwich and Snow Islands in the South Shetland Islands. ... Nathaniel Brown Palmer (1799 – 1877) was a seal hunter, explorer, sailing captain, and ship designer. ...

Norwegian whaling boat, Half Moon Island
Norwegian whaling boat, Half Moon Island

The first overwintering in Antarctica took place on the South Shetlands, when at the end of the 1820/21 summer season eleven British men from the ship Lord Melville failed to leave King George Island, and successfully survived throughout the austral winter to be rescued at the beginning of the next season. Image File history File links Download high resolution version (1356x985, 255 KB)Half Moon public House, Grendon, Northants, England Picture taken by &copy R Neil Marshman 3rd Feb 2005 File history Legend: (cur) = this is the current file, (del) = delete this old version, (rev) = revert to this old version. ... Image File history File links Download high resolution version (1356x985, 255 KB)Half Moon public House, Grendon, Northants, England Picture taken by &copy R Neil Marshman 3rd Feb 2005 File history Legend: (cur) = this is the current file, (del) = delete this old version, (rev) = revert to this old version. ... Location of King George Island Map of King George Island King George Island (Argentina: Isla 25 de Mayo, Chile: Isla Rey Jorge, Russian historical name - Vaterlo (Waterloo)) is the largest of the South Shetland Islands, situated at , 120 kilometers off the coast of Antarctica in the Southern Ocean. ...


Having circumnavigated the Antarctic continent, the Russian Antarctic expedition of Fabian von Bellingshausen and Mikhail Lazarev arrived to the South Shetlands in January 1821. The Russians surveyed the islands and gave them Russian names, landing on both King George Island and Elephant Island. While sailing between Deception and Livingston islands, Bellingshausen was visited by Nathaniel Palmer, master of the American brig Hero, who informed him of the activities of dozens of American and British sealing ships in the area. For other uses, see Antarctica (disambiguation). ... A portrait of Fabian Gottlieb von Bellingshausen Fabian Gottlieb von Bellingshausen (also known as Russian: ; Faddey Faddeyevich Bellinsgauzen) (September 20, 1778–January 13, 1852) served as a naval officer of the Russian Empire and commanded the second Russian expedition to circumnavigate the globe. ... Portrait of Mikhail Petrovich Lazarev Mikhail Petrovich Lazarev (Лазарев, Михаил Петрович in Russian) (November 3, 1788 — April 11, 1851) was a Russian fleet commander and explorer, and Admiral (1843). ... Location of King George Island Map of King George Island King George Island (Argentina: Isla 25 de Mayo, Chile: Isla Rey Jorge, Russian historical name - Vaterlo (Waterloo)) is the largest of the South Shetland Islands, situated at , 120 kilometers off the coast of Antarctica in the Southern Ocean. ... Location of Elephant Island Map of Elephant Island A NASA satellite photograph of Elephant Island Elephant Island is an ice-covered, mountainous island off the coast of Antarctica in the outer reaches of the South Shetland Islands in the Southern Ocean. ... Location of Deception Island Deception Island is an island in the South Shetland Islands off the Antarctic Peninsula which has one of the safest harbours in Antarctica. ... Livingston Island (62°36′ S 060°30′ W) is 61 km (38 mi) long and from 3 to 32 km (2 to 20 mi) wide, lying between Greenwich and Snow Islands in the South Shetland Islands. ... Nathaniel Brown Palmer (1799 – 1877) was a seal hunter, explorer, sailing captain, and ship designer. ...


The name "New South Britain" was used briefly, but was soon changed to South Shetland Islands (in reference to the Shetland Islands off the northern coast of Scotland). The name South Shetland Islands is now established in international usage. The Shetland Islands, also called Shetland (archaically spelled Zetland) formerly called Hjaltland, comprise one of 32 council areas of Scotland. ... This article is about the country. ...


Seal hunting and whaling took place on the islands in the 19th and early 20th century. From 1908 the islands were governed as part of the Falkland Islands Dependency but the islands have only been occupied since the establishment of a scientific research station in 1944. The archipelago, together with the nearby Antarctic Peninsula and South Georgia, is an increasingly popular tourist destination during the austral summer. ... The crew of the oceanographic research vessel Princesse Alice, of Albert Grimaldi (later Prince Albert I of Monaco) pose while flensing a catch. ... For other uses, see Falkland. ... Antarctic Peninsula map Booth Island and Mount Scott flank the narrow Lemaire Channel on the west side of the Antarctic Peninsula. ... South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands is an overseas territory of the United Kingdom, also claimed by Argentina. ... Tourist redirects here. ...


Geography

As a group of islands, the South Shetland Islands are located at 62°00′S, 58°00′W. They fall within the region 61° 00'–63° 37' South, 53° 83'–62° 83' West. The South Shetlands consist of 11 major islands and several minor ones, totalling 3687 square kilometres of land area. Between 80 and 90 percent of the land area is permanently glaciated. The highest point on the island chain is Mount Foster on Smith Island at 2105 metres above sea level. This article is about the geological formation. ... South Shetland Islands Smith Island (63°00′ S 062°30′ W) is 29 km (18 mi) long and 8 km (5 mi) wide, lying 72 km (45 mi) west of Deception Island in the South Shetland Islands. ...


The South Shetland Islands extend about 280 miles from Smith Island and Snow Island in the west-southwest to Elephant Island and Clarence Island in the east-northeast. “Miles” redirects here. ... South Shetland Islands Smith Island (63°00′ S 062°30′ W) is 29 km (18 mi) long and 8 km (5 mi) wide, lying 72 km (45 mi) west of Deception Island in the South Shetland Islands. ... Snow Island (62°47′ S 061°23′ W) is a completely ice-covered island, 16 km (10 mi) long and 8 km (5 mi) wide, lying 6 km (4 mi) southwest of Livingston Island in the South Shetland Islands. ... Boxing the compass is the action of naming all thirty-two principal points of the compass in clockwise order. ... Location of Elephant Island Map of Elephant Island A NASA satellite photograph of Elephant Island Elephant Island is an ice-covered, mountainous island off the coast of Antarctica in the outer reaches of the South Shetland Islands in the Southern Ocean. ... A map of the South Shetland Islands Clarence Island (61°12′ S 054°05′ W) is 18 km (12 mi) long and the easternmost of the South Shetland Islands. ... ESE also stands for Extensible Storage Engine. ...


Islands

Renier Point
Renier Point

From north to south the main and some minor islands of the South Shetlands are: Image File history File links Size of this preview: 800 × 598 pixelsFull resolution‎ (2,608 × 1,950 pixels, file size: 782 KB, MIME type: image/jpeg) Punta Renier Renier Point, Livingston Island, South Shetland Islands This template is deprecated by {{PermissionOTRS}} and {{PermissionOTRS-ID}}. Please do not use this template... Image File history File links Size of this preview: 800 × 598 pixelsFull resolution‎ (2,608 × 1,950 pixels, file size: 782 KB, MIME type: image/jpeg) Punta Renier Renier Point, Livingston Island, South Shetland Islands This template is deprecated by {{PermissionOTRS}} and {{PermissionOTRS-ID}}. Please do not use this template...

Warm volcanic bath at Port Foster, Deception Island
Warm volcanic bath at Port Foster, Deception Island

(The Russian names above are historical, and no longer the official Russian names of the relevant islands.) Location of Cornwallis Island A map of the South Shetland Islands, Cornwallis is upper right Cornwallis Island or Michailoffs Island is an island 1 mile long, which lies 5 miles northeast of the east end of Elephant Island, in the South Shetland Islands. ... Location of Elephant Island Map of Elephant Island A NASA satellite photograph of Elephant Island Elephant Island is an ice-covered, mountainous island off the coast of Antarctica in the outer reaches of the South Shetland Islands in the Southern Ocean. ... A map of the South Shetland Islands Clarence Island (61°12′ S 054°05′ W) is 18 km (12 mi) long and the easternmost of the South Shetland Islands. ... Rowett Island is a rocky island 0. ... A map of the South Shetland Islands Gibbs Island (61°28′ S 055°34′ W) 20 km southwest of Elephant Island in the South Shetland Islands. ... King George Island or ÃŽle du Roi Georges or Isla 25 de Mayo or Isla Rey Jorge or Isla Veinticinco de Mayo or King Georges Island or König Georg Insel or Waterloo Island is the largest of the South Shetland Islands, situated at 62°23′ S 58°67... Bridgeman Island or Bridgemanss Island or Bridgman Island or Helena Island is an almost circular, volcanic island marked by steep sides, 0. ... Penguin Island or Georges Island or ÃŽle Pingouin or Isla Pingüino or Penguin Isle is an island 1 mile (1. ... Nelson Island or Leipzig Island or Nelsons Isles or OCains Island or Strachans Island is an island 12 miles long and 7 miles wide, lying southwest of King George Island in the South Shetland Islands. ... Robert Island or Mitchells Island or Polotsk Island or Roberts Island is an island 11 miles long and 8 miles wide, lying between Nelson Island and Greenwich Island in the South Shetland Islands. ... Location of Aitcho Islands Cecilia Island Barrientos Island The Aitcho Islands (‘Aitcho’ standing for i. ... Location Breznik Heights Greenwich Island Greenwich Island (variant historical names Sartorius Island, Berezina Island) is an island 15 miles long and from 0. ... Image File history File links Metadata Size of this preview: 800 × 536 pixelsFull resolution‎ (1,280 × 857 pixels, file size: 656 KB, MIME type: image/jpeg) Picture published by the author Lyubomir Ivanov. ... Image File history File links Metadata Size of this preview: 800 × 536 pixelsFull resolution‎ (1,280 × 857 pixels, file size: 656 KB, MIME type: image/jpeg) Picture published by the author Lyubomir Ivanov. ... Half Moon Island (South Shetland Islands) — minor subantarctic island, lying about 120 kilometres north of the Antarctic Peninsula. ... Location of Desolation Island Desolation Island and Blythe Bay seen from Vidin Heights, Livingston Island Desolation Island is one of the minor islands in the South Shetlands archipelago, Antarctica, which is situated off the north coast of Livingston Island. ... Livingston Island (62°36′ S 060°30′ W) is 61 km (38 mi) long and from 3 to 32 km (2 to 20 mi) wide, lying between Greenwich and Snow Islands in the South Shetland Islands. ... Rugged Island or Isla Rugosa or Lloyds Island or Ragged Island is an island 3 miles long and 1 mile wide, lying west of Livingston Island in the South Shetland Islands. ... Snow Island (62°47′ S 061°23′ W) is a completely ice-covered island, 16 km (10 mi) long and 8 km (5 mi) wide, lying 6 km (4 mi) southwest of Livingston Island in the South Shetland Islands. ... South Shetland Islands Smith Island (63°00′ S 062°30′ W) is 29 km (18 mi) long and 8 km (5 mi) wide, lying 72 km (45 mi) west of Deception Island in the South Shetland Islands. ... Location of Deception Island Deception Island is an island in the South Shetland Islands off the Antarctic Peninsula which has one of the safest harbours in Antarctica. ... Low island or Isla Baja or Jameson Island or Jamesons Island is an island 9 miles long and 5 miles wide, lying 14 miles southeast of Smith Island, in the South Shetland Islands. ... Seal Islands or Farallones Focas or ÃŽles des Phoques or Islas Foca or Islotes Foca or Seal Rocks are a group of small islands and rocks lying from 3 to 6 miles northwest of Elephant Island in the South Shetland Islands. ...


Research Stations

St. Kliment Ohridski
St. Kliment Ohridski

Several nations maintain research stations on the Islands: Image File history File links Metadata Size of this preview: 800 × 599 pixelsFull resolution‎ (2,608 × 1,952 pixels, file size: 543 KB, MIME type: image/jpeg) Author: Lyubomir Ivanov Source: the author I, the creator of this work, hereby grant the permission to copy, distribute and/or modify this... Image File history File links Metadata Size of this preview: 800 × 599 pixelsFull resolution‎ (2,608 × 1,952 pixels, file size: 543 KB, MIME type: image/jpeg) Author: Lyubomir Ivanov Source: the author I, the creator of this work, hereby grant the permission to copy, distribute and/or modify this...

Image File history File links Flag_of_Argentina. ... Jubany Scientific Station is an Argentine permanent base in the Antarctic located at , first settled in 1953 in the 25 de Mayo island among the South Shetland Islands. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Bulgaria. ... St. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Brazil. ... Image:Ferraz. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Chile. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Chile. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Chile. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Chile. ... Image File history File links This is a lossless scalable vector image. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_the_Peoples_Republic_of_China. ... The Great Wall Station is the first Chinese research station in Antarctica. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Ecuador. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Spain. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Spain. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_South_Korea. ... King Sejong Station is the research station for KARP (Korea Antarctic Research Program). ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Peru. ... Map of King George Island, with Machu Picchu Base Machu Picchu Base The Machu Picchu Scientific Base is a scientific Peruvian research facility established in Antarctica and sponsored by the Peruvian government. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Poland. ... Henryk Arctowski Station - is the polish Antarctic research station. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Russia. ... Bellingshausen Station is a Russian, formerly Soviet Antarctic station in Collins Harbour. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Uruguay. ... The Artigas Antarctic Uruguayan Scientific Base Base Artigas - Summer view // The Artigas Base depends on the Uruguayan Antarctic Institute Plans & Operations Direction which is ruled by an Interministerial Council, with delegates of MoD, Foreign Affairs and ministry of Education and Culture. ...

Field Camps

Ongal Peak, Tangra Mountains
Ongal Peak, Tangra Mountains

Image File history File links Size of this preview: 800 × 598 pixelsFull resolution‎ (2,608 × 1,948 pixels, file size: 586 KB, MIME type: image/jpeg) Ongal Peak is a sharp glaciated peak of elevation 1149 m in Levski Ridge, Tangra Mountains, Livingston Island, South Shetland Islands File historyClick on... Image File history File links Size of this preview: 800 × 598 pixelsFull resolution‎ (2,608 × 1,948 pixels, file size: 586 KB, MIME type: image/jpeg) Ongal Peak is a sharp glaciated peak of elevation 1149 m in Levski Ridge, Tangra Mountains, Livingston Island, South Shetland Islands File historyClick on... Image File history File links Flag_of_Bulgaria. ... Camp Academia with Wörner Gap and Bowles Ridge Camp Academia under snow Camp Academia with Catalunyan Saddle Post office Tangra 1091 A letter from Livingston The central region of Livingston Island with Camp Academia and the bases St. ...

See also

The sub-antarctic islands are the islands in the Southern Ocean around Antarctica. ... Livingston Island (62°36′ S 060°30′ W) is 61 km (38 mi) long and from 3 to 32 km (2 to 20 mi) wide, lying between Greenwich and Snow Islands in the South Shetland Islands. ... Location of King George Island Map of King George Island King George Island (Argentina: Isla 25 de Mayo, Chile: Isla Rey Jorge, Russian historical name - Vaterlo (Waterloo)) is the largest of the South Shetland Islands, situated at , 120 kilometers off the coast of Antarctica in the Southern Ocean. ... Deception Island is an island in the South Shetland Islands off the Antarctic Peninsula in Antarctica. ... Greenwich Island or Beresino Island or Sartorius Island is an island 15 mi long and from 0. ...

Maps

A map of the South Shetland Islands
A map of the South Shetland Islands
  • Interactive King George Island Mapviewer
  • L.L. Ivanov et al, Antarctica: Livingston Island and Greenwich Island, South Shetland Islands (from English Strait to Morton Strait, with illustrations and ice-cover distribution), 1:100000 scale topographic map, Antarctic Place-names Commission of Bulgaria, Sofia, 2005

Download high resolution version (1103x760, 35 KB) Original work by submitter, based on multiple paper sources. ... Download high resolution version (1103x760, 35 KB) Original work by submitter, based on multiple paper sources. ...

References

  • A.G.E. Jones, Captain William Smith and the Discovery of New South Shetland, Geographical Journal, Vol. 141, No. 3 (Nov., 1975), pp. 445-461
  • Alan Gurney, Below the Convergence: Voyages Toward Antarctica, 1699-1839, Penguin Books, New York, 1998
  • R.J. Campbell ed., The Discovery of the South Shetland Islands: The Voyage of the Brig Williams, 1819-1820 and the Journal of Midshipman C.W. Poynter, The Hakluyt Society, London, 2000
  • Capt. Hernán Ferrer Fougá, El hito austral del confín de América. El cabo de Hornos. (Siglo XIX, 1800-1855). (Segunda parte). Revista de Marina, Valparaíso, 2004, N° 1

External links

  • Commonwelath Secretariat Website describing BAT
  • Foreign and Commonwelath Office - profile of BAT
  • Argentine Government Website with a map of the South Shetland Islands
  • Argentine Government website about the history of Antarctica
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  • Argentine Antarctic Sector: Historical Documents
  • Composite Gazetteer of Antarctica
  • Antarctic Place-names Commission of Bulgaria


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Antarctica South Shetland Islands Antarctica
Clarence • Deception • Elephant • Greenwich • King George • Livingston • Low • Nelson • Robert • Smith • Snow
Aitcho • Bridgeman • Cornwallis • Desolation • Gibbs • Half Moon • Penguin • Rowett • Rugged • Seal

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South Shetland Islands - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (515 words)
The South Shetland Islands or Iles Shetland du Sud or Islas Shetland del Sur or New South Britain or New South Shetland or Shetland Islands or South Shetlands or Sydshetland or Süd-Shetland Inseln are a chain of islands in the Southern Ocean lying about 120 kilometres northward of the Antarctic Peninsula.
British explorer William Smith arrived to the islands on 19 February 1819, while cruising close to the northern edge of the islands, and claimed in the name of King George III, disembarking on the largest of the South Shetlands, King George Island by the same man on 16 October that year.
Aitcho Islands is a group of small islands lying in the N entrance to English Strait (between Robert and Greenwich islands, being part of South Shetland Islands.
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