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Elephant Island

Elephant Island (The name as it would appear in a gazetteer)

Elephant Island  (The name as it would appear on a map)

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Gazetteer of the British Antarctic Territory Id 108659

Feature type: Island


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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between King George Island and Clarence Island, South Shetland Islands, was discovered and its N coast roughly charted by Bransfield in late January or early February 1820 (Bransfield, chart, [1820b]); further charted by Fildes in 1820-21 and named Sea Elephant Island after the sea elephant (Mirounga leonina) observed in numbers there (Files, 1821b, chart [5]); also charted by RAE, 29 January 1821. Elephant Island (Powell, 1822b, p.7; chart, 1822a; BA chart 1238, 7.ix.1839; 3205, 23.ix.1949; APC, 1955, p.9; DOS 610 sheet W 61 54 (Ext.), 1-GSGS 1972). Île Belsham (Cape Belsham, q.v.) (Eyriès and Malte-Brun, 1823, map facing p.237). Île Eléphant, Île de l'Eléphant (Powell, 1824a, map facing p.5; 1824b, p.100). Admiralty Island, after the Board of Admiralty (Weddell, chart, [?1824b]). Barrows, Barrows Isle, Barrows Insel (Weddell, 1825a, map facing p.1, map facing p.132; 1827, third end map). Ostrov Admirala Mordvinova, Ostrov Mordvinova, after Adm. Mordvinova of the Imperial Russian Navy (Bellingshausen, 1831b, Vol. 2, p.276; 1831a, sheet 62). Elephanten Insel (Ross, 1847b, end map). Elephant Insel (Neumayer, 1972a, Tafel 2). Elefant Ö (Larsen, 1894a, map p.120). E. Elephant Island (Bartholomew, map, 1898a). Mordinow Insel (Gravelius, 1902, p.172). Elefant-Insel (Cook, 1903, end map). Isla Elefante (Irízar, 1903, map facing p.4; Pierrou, 1970 p.337; Chile. IHA, 1974, p.114). Isla del Elefante (Nordenskjöld, 904b, p.29). Elefant Ön (Nordenskjöld and others, 1904a, Del. 2, end map). Isla del Elefanto (Nordenskjöld and others, 1904-05, Tomo 2, end map). Elefant Eiland (Manen, 1905, Kaart 8 following p.710). Olifants Eiland r [translation of English name] (Ruys, 1905, map following p.88). Olifant Eiland (Easton, 1913, map facing p.278). The island was the landfall of BITAE in 1916 following drift in the Weddell Sea (Cape Valentine, Point Wild, q.v.). Elefant Island (Risting, 1922, p.325). Elephant-Sziget (Shackleton, [1925], p.76). Elefant Øen (Holtedahl and Mosby, 1928, p.233). Elefantøene, Elefant-Öya (Risting, 1929, map p.33, p.61). Elefant-Öen (Aagaard, 1930, end map). The island was recharted by DI, 1933-37. Elephantøia (Isachsen, 1934, p.148). Mordwinowøen, referring to RAE name (Aagaard, 1934, p.413). Barrows I., referring to earlier name (Hobbs, 1939a, p.42). Elefanten Insel (Stocks, chart, 1941). Elephantøya (Aagaard, 1944, p.32). Isla Pardo, after Capt. L.A. Pardo (Pardo Ridge, q.v.) (Chile. IGM map, 1945). Isla Pardo (Isla Elefante), Isla Piloto Pardo (Vila Labra, 1947, p.47, map p.203). Mordrins [sic] Island, as rejected name (USBGN, 1947, p.160). Elefanttisaari (Andersson, 1948, p.47). Mordvinova (Bellingshausen, 1949, map facing p.336). Ostrov Mordvinova (Elefant) (Soviet Union. BSE, 1950, map following p.484). Isla Elefant (Argentina. IGM map, 1952). Wyspa Mordwinowa (Machowski, 1953, map p.90). Elefante Marino [=sea elephant] (Argentina. MM, 1953, p.195). Ostrov Elefant (Guretskiy, 1954, p.461). Elephant (Fisher and Fisher, 1957, p.391). S oni Ostrov [translation of English name] (Bártl, 1958, map facing p.144). Isola Pardo, Isola Elephant (Zavatti, 1958, Tav. 7, 12-13). Ostrov Elefant (Mordvinova) (Soviet Union. AA, 1966, Pl. 24). Elephant's Island (Hardy, 1967, p.301). The whole island was mapped by JSEEI in 1970-71 (Burley, 1971b; 1972). Mordvinov Island (Demenitskaya and others, 1972, p.13). Ostrov Mordvinova (Elephant Island) (Soviet Union. GUGK map 221, 1973). Isla Elephant, as rejected form (Chile. IHA, 1974, p.114).

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61° 07' 58.8" S
- 61.13300°
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55° 06' 57.6" W
- 55.11600°
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Not recorded
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