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Wilkins Sound

Wilkins Sound (The name as it would appear in a gazetteer)

Wilkins Sound  (The name as it would appear on a map)

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Gazetteer of the British Antarctic Territory Id 111948

Feature type: Sound


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 Alexander Island to E and S, Charcot Island and Latady Island to W, and Rothschild Island to N. The N entrance was roughly charted by FAE, 1908-10, in January 1910 (Charcot, 1912, P1. 1) and described as "a vast estuary encumbered by ice" (Bongrain, 1914, vue 44 following p.60); seen from the air by Wilkins, 29 December 1929, during the flight in which he established the insularity of Charcot Island (q.v.), and sketched from the air in c.70°30'S 72°00'W by USAS, November-December 1940; named Wilkins Strait after Sir Hubert Wilkins (Wilkins Coast, (q.v.) (USAAF chart [LR-74], 1942; Ronne, 1945, map p.14). Estrecho Wilkins (Argentina. IGM map, 1946; Chile. IHA, 1974, p.302). Wilkins Str. (Hansen, chart [no number], 1947). The sound was photographed from the air by RARE in 1947. Estrecho General Zenteno, after Gen. J.I. Zenteno (Cape Church, q.v.) (Orrego Vicuña, 1948, p.198). Estrecho de Wilkins (Argentina. MM, 1953, p.23; Chile. IHA, 1974, p.101). Proliv Uilkinsa (Baranov and others, 1954, map p.283). Stretto di Wilkins, Stretto Wilkins (Zavatti, 1958, Tav. 9, 12-13). The sound was mapped from air photographs by FIDS in 1959. Wilkins Sound ([in 70°15'S 73°00'W] APC, 1961, p.4; BA chart 3571, 14.vii.1961; 3175,; [replaced by name Wilkins Ice Shelf] APC, 1974, p.7; [co-ordinates corrected from US LANDSAT imagery of January 1973 and February 1975, and additional to the name Wilkins Ice Shelf] APC, 1977, p.35; BAS 250P sheets SR 19-20/5 (Ext.) and 9, 1-DOS 1978; [further delineated from US LANDSAT imagery of February 1979] sheet SR 19-20/9, 2-DOS 1982). Wilkens [sic] Sound (USDMAAC chart JNC-117N, 1975).

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70° 30' 00.0" S
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73° 30' 00.0" W
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Not recorded
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