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

Feature Class (see definition): Stream

Country Code (see definition): AQ (Antarctica)

Feature ID (see definition): 17052

Primary Latitude in degrees, minutes, and seconds (see definition):
78° 12' 00" S

Primary Longitude in degrees, minutes, and seconds (see definition):
163° 45' 00" E

Primary Latitude in decimal degrees (see definition): -78.2

Primary Longitude in decimal degrees (see definition): 163.75

Elevation (see definition): No data

Decision Year (see definition): 01/01/1994

Description (see definition): A small river, flowing in summertime, on the northern side of Koettlitz Glacier, Scott Coast. It rises from Koettlitz ice at the upper end of Pyramid Trough and from south to north includes Pyramid Ponds, Trough Lake, Walcott Lake, Howchin Lake, and Alph Lake. The portion north of Pyramid Trough was explored and named in February 1911 by the British Antarctic Expedition (BrAE) Western Journey Party led by Griffith Taylor. He reported that the stream continues north a considerable distance under moraine and ultimately subglacially beneath Koettlitz Glacier to the Ross Sea. This led to the name from a passage in Coleridge’s poem: “Where Alph the sacred river ran, Through caverns measureless to man, Down to a sunless sea.”

Date Created (see definition): 06/22/1998

Date Edited (see definition): No data



NOTE: The information regarding Alph River 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 Alph River should be addressed to the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency.


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