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Commonwealth Stream

Commonwealth Stream (The name as it would appear in a gazetteer)

Commonwealth Stream  (The name as it would appear on a map)

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New Zealand Gazetteer Id 113032

Feature type: Watercourse (10)


This name originates from New Zealand. It is part of the New Zealand Gazetteer and the SCAR Composite Gazetteer of Antarctica.

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A small, intermittent stream, which flows eastward from Commonwealth Glacier for approximately 4.3km through a deeply incised channel, into New Harbour, McMurdo Sound. Feature shown on: NZ AntTopo50-ME10

Named For

First studied on the ground by Professor Troy L Péwé in December 1957, and named by US Deep Freeze III, 1957-58 for a feature apparently flowing from the southeast of Commonwealth Glacier to Explorers Cove. Initially approved as Commonwealth Creek by Advisory Committee on Antarctic Names (US-ACAN), modified to Commonwealth Stream by NZ Antarctic Place Names Committee. The name was applied on NZMS 166 ST58-61/5 (1961). However, this feature has since been determined to be two streams, one flowing to the coast the other to Lake Fryxell. Since at least the 1970's a second feature from the northeast side of Commonwealth began to be referred to as Commonwealth Stream, although it was already named New Harbour Stream in other scientific publications since the 1960s. Commonwealth Stream was applied on the United States Geological Survey 1:50k topographic map (1977). In 1997 the Advisory Committee on Antarctic Names (US-ACAN) amended its records to reflect this common use.


77° 33' 50.1" S
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163° 25' 40.8" E
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60 m
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McMurdo Dry Valleys LiDAR 2014-15
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National Center for Airborne Laser Mapping (NCALM)
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