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Whales, Bay of: Antarctica
SOURCE: National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency, Bethesda, MD, USA
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This page presents the geographical name data for Whales, Bay of 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): Whales, Bay of

Feature Class (see definition): Bay

Country Code (see definition): AQ (Antarctica)

Feature ID (see definition): 16490

Primary Latitude in degrees, minutes, and seconds (see definition):
78° 30' 00" S

Primary Longitude in degrees, minutes, and seconds (see definition):
164° 20' 00" W

Primary Latitude in decimal degrees (see definition): -78.5

Primary Longitude in decimal degrees (see definition): -164.3333333

Elevation (see definition): No data

Decision Year (see definition): 01/01/1947

Description (see definition): An iceport indenting the front of Ross Ice Shelf just northward of Roosevelt Island. A natural ice harbor which generally forms here, it served as the base site for Amundsen's successful dash to the South Pole, 1911, the Byrd Antarctic Expeditions of 1928-30 and 1933-35, and for the West Base of U.S. Antarctic Service, 1939-41. The configuration of the iceport is continuously changing. A survey by the Byrd expedition in 1934 determined that the feature lay at the junction of two separate ice systems, the movements of which are influenced by the presence of Roosevelt Island. Commander Glen Jacobsen, U.S. Navy (USN), who visited in the Atka in January 1955, found that calving of the ice shelf rendered the iceport temporarily unusable. The feature was so named by Ernest Shackleton in the Nimrod, January 24, 1908, because of the large number of whales seen in it.

Date Created (see definition): No data

Date Edited (see definition): No data



NOTE: The information regarding Whales, Bay of in Antarctica on this page is published from the data supplied by the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency, a member of the Intelligence community of the Antarctica, and a Department of Defense (DoD) Combat Support Agency. No claims are made regarding the accuracy of information contained here. All suggestions for corrections of any errors about Whales, Bay of should be addressed to the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency.


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