This page presents the geographical name data for Watkins 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): Watkins Island
Feature Class (see definition): Island
Country Code (see definition): AQ (Antarctica)
Feature ID (see definition): 16304
Primary Latitude in degrees, minutes, and seconds (see definition):
66° 22' 00" S
Primary Longitude in degrees, minutes, and seconds (see definition):
067° 06' 00" W
Primary Latitude in decimal degrees (see definition): -66.3666667
Primary Longitude in decimal degrees (see definition): -67.1
Elevation (see definition): No data
Decision Year (see definition): 01/01/1953
Description (see definition): Low, ice-covered island 5 mi long, lying 3 mi SW of Lavoisier Island in the Biscoe Islands. The island was first mapped by the French Antarctic Expedition (FrAE) under Charcot, 1903-05 and 1908-10, but remained unnamed until resighted by the British Graham Land Expedition (BGLE) under Rymill, 1934-37. He gave the name Mikkelsen Island after Ejnar Mikkelsen, Danish Arctic explorer. In applying the name, Rymill was unaware of the existence of Mikkelsen Islands 75 mi southwestward, named in 1908-10 by Charcot. To avoid confusion of the two, the UK Antarctic Place-names Committee (UK-APC) recommended in 1952 that the Rymill naming be amended. The new name, Watkins Island, commemorates Henry G. Watkins, leader of the British Arctic Air Route Expedition, 1930-31. A new feature, Mikkelsen Bay (q.v.), has been named for Ejnar Mikkelsen.
Date Created (see definition): No data
Date Edited (see definition): No data