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Ferrar Glacier

Ferrar Glacier (The name as it would appear in a gazetteer)

Ferrar Glacier  (The name as it would appear on a map)

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New Zealand Gazetteer Id 113283

Feature type: Glacier (12)


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A glacier at least 35 miles long and varying from 3 to 6 miles wide, flowing from the plateau of Victoria Land west of the Royal Society Range to New Harbour in McMurdo Sound. This glacier flows north-east to a point opposite the east side of Knobhead where it is apposed, ie joined Siamese-twin fashion, to Taylor Glacier. From this point Ferrar Glacier turns right and flows east between the Kukri Hills and the north end of the Royal Society Range to New Harbour. Discovered by the Western Journey Party, led by Armitage, of the NAE, 1901-04. Named for Hartley T Gerrar, geologist with this expedition. The name Ferrar Glacier was originally applied both to the part of this glacier below its right turn and to the Taylor Glacier, while the upper part above Knobhead was called South Arm. Taylor, of the BAE, 1910-13, found evidence that there are not two parts of a single glacier but two glaciers apposed. With this discovery Scott gave the names Ferrar Glacier and Taylor Glacier essentially as now applied. Later, on the map included in the scientific reports of the expedition, the names Lower Ferrar Glacier and Upper Ferrar Glacier were applied to these two ice streams, but this naming does not seem consistent with the evidence fo the medial morraines on this map, which show that Taylor Glacier does not flow into the Ferrar Glacier. Since it is apparent from the fairly detailed maps that the main flow of the Ferrar Glacier heads in the plateau somewhere to the south-west of Knobhead, the name Ferrar Glacier is applied above as well as below the turn at Knobhead.

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77° 46' 00.0" S
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163° 00' 00.0" E
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