This page presents the geographical name data for Andersson 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): Andersson Island
Feature Class (see definition): Island
Country Code (see definition): AQ (Antarctica)
Feature ID (see definition): 418
Primary Latitude in degrees, minutes, and seconds (see definition):
63° 35' 00" S
Primary Longitude in degrees, minutes, and seconds (see definition):
056° 35' 00" W
Primary Latitude in decimal degrees (see definition): -63.5833333
Primary Longitude in decimal degrees (see definition): -56.5833333
Elevation (see definition): No data
Decision Year (see definition): 01/01/1953
Description (see definition): Island 7 mi long and 4 mi wide, lying 0.5 mi S of Jonassen Island at the W side of the S entrance to Antarctic Sound, off the NE tip of Antarctic Peninsula. This island was named Uruguay Island by the Swedish Antarctic Expedition (SwedAE), 1901-04, under Nordenskjold, after the Argentine ship Uruguay which participated in the rescue of the ship-wrecked Swedish Antarctic Expedition (SwedAE) in 1903. In 1904, the French Antarctic Expedition (FrAE) under Charcot, apparently unaware of the Swedish naming, gave the name Uruguay to an island off the W coast of Antarctic Peninsula. Since it is confusing to have two islands in close proximity identically named, and because Charcot's Uruguay Island has appeared more widely on maps and in reports, the Advisory Committee on Antarctic Names (US-ACAN) accepts the decision of the UK Antarctic Place-names Committee (UK-APC) that the name given this island by Nordenskjold be altered. The new name commemorates J. Gunnar Andersson, who was second-in-command of Nordenskjold's expedition.
Date Created (see definition): No data
Date Edited (see definition): No data