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Snow Hill Island

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

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

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Gazetteer of the British Antarctic Territory Id 111248

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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separated from James Ross Island to the NW by Admiralty Sound and from Seymour Island to the NE by Picnic Passage, was roughly mapped by Ross, 6 January 1843, and shown with James Ross Island as part of Trinity Peninsula; named Snow Hill because no rock was visible through the cover of snow and ice (Ross, 1847a, p.344; BA chart 1238, x.1893; 1916, p.401). Snow Berg, referring to the highest part of the ice cap (Friederichsen, 1895, Tafel 7 facing p.304). Snow Land (Friederichsen, 1895, Tafel 7 facing p.304). The island was surveyed by SwAE in 1902-03, when its insularity was determined, 10 March 1902. The expedition established a winter station on the NW shore near Haslum Crag; the station was continuously occupied from 12 February 1902 to 11 November 1903. Snow Hill Ön (Nordenskjöld, 1904a, Del. 1, end map). Île de Snow-Hill (Nordenskjöld, 1904d, p.350). Snow Hill-Insel (Nordenskjöld and others, 1904b, Vol. 1, p.180). Snow Hill Island (Nordenskjöld, 1904f, map facing p.128; BA chart 3205, 31.x.1921; [in 64°27'S 57°13'W] 25.iii.1937; APC, 1955, p.19; [co-ordinates corrected] DOS 610 sheet W 64 56, 1961; BAS 250 sheet SQ 21-22/1 (Ext.), 1-DOS 1974; APC, 1977, p.30). Snow Hill-Land (Nordenskjöld and others, 1904b, Vol. 1, p.77). Snowy Hill (Penck, 1904, p.8). Isla Snow Hill, Isla de Snow Hill (Nordenskjöld and others, 1904-05, Tomo 1, end map; Tomo 2, end map). Snow Hill Eiland (Ruys, 1905, map following p.88). Snow Eiland (Manen, 1905, Kaart 8 following p.710). Isola Snow-Hill (Nordenskjöld, 1910, p.555). Insel Snow Hill (Nordenskjöld, 1911b, p.7). Snow Hill-Plateau, referring to the higher part of the ice cap (Nordenskjöld, 1911b, p.185). Schwedische Insel [=Swedish island] (Nordenskjöld, 1911b, p.53). "Snow Hill-Station", "Winterstation", referring to the Swedish station (Nordenskjöld, 1911b, Taf. 11, Fig. 1, facing p.200 and Fig.57, p.201). Île Snow Hill (Charcot, 1912, Pl. 1). Snow Hill Ö (HA chart, 1928). Snow Hill-Öya (Risting, 1929, map p.33). Snow Hillöen (Aagaard, 1930, end map). In 1934-35 Ellsworth visited the Swedish station in Wyatt Earp and from there made a flight SW over the Antarctic Peninsula in his ski-equipped aircraft Polar Star (Polarstar Ridge, q.v.), piloted by Bernt Balchen (Ellsworth, 1936b, p.5). Snowhill Island (Joerg, 1937, map facing p.444). Snow Hilløya (Aagaard, 1944, p.32). The Swedish station was visited again by a FIDS sledge party from "Hope Bay", 27-28 August 1945 (Taylor, 1950, p.53-57). Isla Cerro Nevado [translation of English name] (Chile. DNH chart LI, 1947; Pierrou, 1970, p.247; Chile. IHA, 1974, p.71). Isla Colina Nevada [translation of English name] (Argentina. CNA, 1947, p.39). Lumikukkula [=snow hill] (Andersson, 1948, end map). Isla Presidente Bulnes, so called after Manuel Bulnes (1799-1866), President of Chile, 1841-51 (Orrego Vicuña, 1948, p.202). Ostrov Snou-Khill (Soviet Union. BSE, 1950, map following p.484). The island was resurveyed by FIDS from "Hope Bay", 1952-54. Cerro Nevado (Argentina. MM, 1953, p.58). Isla Snow-Hill (Colina Nevada) (Chile. IGM, 1954b, p.88). An Argentine refuge hut, called "Suecia" [=Sweden] in honour of SwAE, was established in 64°22'S 57°01'W near Haslum Crag (q.v.), 8 January 1954. "Betbeder", Argentine refuge hut on Picnic Passage (q.v.) (Thomas, 1956a, p.167; BAS, 1982, photograph facing p.26). Isla Cerro Nevado (Snow Hill), Insel Cerro Nevado (Snowhill) (Capurro, 1955, p.3, 142). Islas [sic] Cerro Nevado, in error (Argentina. MM, 1957a, p.190). Sneeuwheuvel Eiland [translation of English name] (Knapp, 1958, p.586). "Refugio Suecia" (Pierrou, 1970, p.675).

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64° 28' 00.0" S
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57° 11' 00.0" W
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