This page presents the geographical name data for Thurston Island in Antarctica, as supplied by the US military intelligence in electronic format, including the geographic coordinates and place name in various forms, latin, roman and native characters, and its location in its respective country's administrative division.
Feature Name (see definition): Thurston Island
Feature Class (see definition): Island
Country Code (see definition): AQ (Antarctica)
Feature ID (see definition): 15281
Primary Latitude in degrees, minutes, and seconds (see definition):
72° 06' 00" S
Primary Longitude in degrees, minutes, and seconds (see definition):
099° 00' 00" W
Primary Latitude in decimal degrees (see definition): -72.1
Primary Longitude in decimal degrees (see definition): -99
Elevation (see definition): No data
Decision Year (see definition): 01/01/1961
Description (see definition): A largely ice-covered, glacially dissected island, 135 mi long and 55 mi wide, lying between Amundsen and Bellingshausen Seas off the NW end of Ellsworth Land. The island is separated from the mainland by peacock Sound, which is occupied by the W portion of Abbot Ice Shelf Discovered by R. Admiral Byrd and members of the U.S. Antarctic Service (USAS) in a flight from the Bear, Feb. 27, 1940. Named by Byrd for W. Harris Thurston, New York textile manufacturer, designer of the windproof "Byrd Cloth" and contributor to the expedition. Originally charted as a peninsula, the feature was found to be an island by the U.S. Navy (USN) Bellingshausen Sea Expedition in February 1960.
Date Created (see definition): No data
Date Edited (see definition): No data