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Christensen Nunatak

Christensen Nunatak (The name as it would appear in a gazetteer)

Christensen Nunatak  (The name as it would appear on a map)

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Gazetteer of the British Antarctic Territory Id 108194

Feature type: Nunatak


This name originates from United Kingdom. It is part of the Gazetteer of the British Antarctic Territory and the SCAR Composite Gazetteer of Antarctica.

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one of the Seal Nunataks (q.v.), rising to c. 300m on NE side of Robertson Island (q.v.), was discovered by Larsen on 11 December 1893, when it was incorrectly described both as an active volcano and as an island separated from Robertson Island; named Christensen Island after Christen Christensen (1845-1923), of Sandefjord, Norway, pioneer of modern Antarctic whaling and owner of Larsen's expedition ship Jason (Jason Peninsula, q.v.) (Larsen, 1894b, p.340; BA chart 1238, ii.1901). Christensen-Insel (Sch ck, 1894, p.140). Christensens Ø (Larsen, 1894a, p.126). Christensen Volcano, Christensens Volcano, Christensens Vulkan (Larsen, 1894b, p.340, map facing p.333). Bruce (in Murdoch, 1894) recorded that "in about 65 S and 58 W, he [Larsen] discovered two active volcanoes which he has named Jason [the present feature] and Sarsee [Larsen Nunatak, q.v.]". Jason Volcano, incorrectly referring to this feature (Jason Peninsula, q.v.) (Murray, 1894, map facing p.198). Christensen Vulkan (Friederichsen, 1895, Tafel 7 facing p.304). Vulkan-Insel (Petersen, 1895a, p.261). The feature was surveyed by SwAE in October 1902 and reported as a mountain on Robertson Island. Île Christiensen [sic] (Lecointe, 1903, Carte 4). Christensen Berg (Nordenskjöld and others, 1904b, Vol. 2, first end map). Christensens Berg (Nordenskjöld and others, 1904a, Del. 1, end map). Mont Christensen (Nordenskjöld, 1904a, p.356). Christensen (Nordenskjöld and others, 1905, p.77). Île Christensen (Nordenskjöld, 1905b, p.155). Mount Cristensen (Nordenskjöld and others, 1905, map facing p.316; BA chart 3205, 1945). Christensen-Eiland (Nordenskjöld and others, 1907, p.30). Isla Christensen (Charcot, [1907a], p.110). Isla de Christensen (Nordenskjöld, [1907a], p.34). Cristensen [sic] -Eiland (Nordenskjöld and others, 1907, p.40). Volcan Christensen, Monte Cristensen (Riso Patron S., 1908, p. 14 and end map). Christenssen [sic]-Insel (Bæckström, 1915, p.159). Cape Christensen (BA chart 3205, 31.x.1921). Chr. Christensen's Volcano (Aagaard, 1929, p.24). Chr. Christensen's Vulkan (Risting, 1929, map p.33). Christensen Peak (Wilkins, 1929, map facing p.374). Mount Robertson, in error (USAAF chart [AP-] 43, 1943). Christensenberget (Andersson, 1944, p.176). Christensenöarna (Andersson, 1944, p.135). Christensens Ö (Andersson, 1944, p.179). Christensenön (Anders- son, 1944, p.176). Mount Christen Christensen (USHO, 1947, p.19). Following resurvey by FIDS from "Hope Bay" in August 1947, the feature was renamed Christensen Nunatak (APC, 1955, p.7; DOS 610 sheet W 65 58, 1961); following further survey in 1953 and 1955, the nunatak was mapped as separated from Robertson Island. Monte Ali [=? mount triplet] (Argentina. IAA map, [1959c]). An Argentine field station, "Capitán Campbell", was established at the nunatak on 30 November 1961 for a flight to the South Pole on 6 January 1962, and evacuated on 21 January 1962. Nunatak Kristensen (Soviet Union. MMF chart, 1961). Nunatak Christensen (Chile. DNH 1962, p.226; IHA, 1974, p.76). Isla Chiristensen [sic] (Argentina. MM chart 110, 1963). Christensen-Vulcan (Stewart, 1964, p.395). Air photography by USN in 1968 confirmed that the nunatak is not part of Robertson Island.

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65° 06' 00.0" S
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59° 31' 00.0" W
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