South Shetland Islands (The name as it would appear in a gazetteer)
South Shetland Islands (The name as it would appear on a map)
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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.
Names that other countries have for this feature:
between 61°00'S and 63°00'S, 54'00'W and 62°45'W, comprising from W to E Smith Island, Snow Island, Livingston Island, Deception Island, Greenwich Island, Robert Island, Nelson Island, King George Island, Gibbs Island, Elephant Island, and Clarence Island, with offliers, were sighted by William Smith at Livingston Island, 19 February 1819; roughly charted by Smith later in the same year and taken into possession in the name of King George III, 16 October, at King George Island. In his proclamation, Smith called the islands New South Britain, 1821, but later changed the name to South Shetland or New South Shetland, because the islands lie in about the same latitude as the Shetland Islands in the N Hemisphere. New or South Shetland (GBR chart, 1822). South Shetland Islands (GBR chart 1839; APC, 1953). For further information see British Antarctic Territory Gazetteer.
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