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Pendulum Cove

Pendulum Cove (The name as it would appear in a gazetteer)

Pendulum Cove  (The name as it would appear on a map)

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Gazetteer of the British Antarctic Territory Id 110558

Feature type: Cove


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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NE side of Port Foster (q.v.), Deception Island, was charted and so named by Foster in 1829 from the pendulum station which he established there for gravity measurements (Kendall, chart, 1829b; 1831, map facing p.64; BA chart 3205,; 3202, 27.xi.1953; APC, 1955, p.17). Pendulum-Bucht (Neumayer, 1872a, p.134). The cove was recharted by FAE, 1908-10, in December 1908, when the name Sobroan Harbour was found on a board fixed to two uprights on the beach, presumably following the use of the cove as a whaling station in 1906-07 (Charcot, [1911b], p.43). Pendel Bukta [=pendulum bay] (HA chart, 1928). Caleta Péndulo (Argentina. MM chart 100, 1944; Pierrou, 1970, p.584; Chile. IHA, 1974, p.223). An Argentine hut was established on the cove, 4 April 1949, but was later dismantled by the Argentines, probably in January 1950 (Thomas, 1954, p.159); re-established in December 1953 and called "Teniente Lasala" (Whalers Bay, q.v., for similarly named hut). A station, manned by Chilean Air Force personnel, was established on the cove in January 1955, and formally inaugurated, 18 February 1955, with the name "Presidente Pedro Aguirre Cerda" after Pedro Aguirre Cerda (1879-1941), President of Chile, 1938-41 (Thomas, 1956b, p.172); the station was extended in February 1956 (Thomas, 1957b, p.525). "Refugio Teniente Lasala" (Argentina. MM, 1957b, p.81; Pierrou, 1970, p.684). Rada Péndulo, referring to the anchorage (Zavatti, 1958, Tav. 9). "Pedro Aguirre Cerda" (USHO, 1962, p.133). "Base P.A.C.", "P.A.C. Base", "Base Presidente Pedro Aguirre Cerda" (Casertano, 1964, p.33, 40). "Agirre-Serda" (Soviet Union. AA, 1966, Pl.24). Punta Péndulo, in error (Chile. IGM map 5, 1966). "Base Aerea Presidente Aguirre Cerda" (Chile. IGM map 5, 1966). The Chilean station was evacuated following the volcanic eruption at Deception Island, 4 December 1967, but was subsequently occupied seasonally until destroyed by a further eruption in February 1969. The extent of the cove was reduced by these eruptions. "Aguirre Cerda" (Soviet Union. GUGK map 221, 1973). "Pedro Aguirre Cerda Base" (BA, 1974, p.172).

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62° 56' 07.5" S
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60° 35' 59.1" W
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