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Little America

Little America (The name as it would appear in a gazetteer)

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New Zealand Gazetteer Id 113778

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The base used by the five United States expeditions led by Byrd. Little America I was first named by Byrd on 1 January 1929. This base, used by the Byrd AE, 1928-30, and Little America II, the new base built by the Byrd AE, 1933-35, were established about 1 mile inside Ver-Sud-Mer Inlet, Bay of Whales, about 25m above sea level on the Ross Ice Shelf, in 78º 40' S, 164º 03' W. Little America III, also known as the West Base of the United States Antarctic Service, 1939-41, was established about 5 miles north-east of the east side of the Bay of Whales, in 78º 35'S, 163º 52' W. Little America IV, the base used by the Central Task Force of the US Navy "Operation Highjump", 1967-47, was established about 2 miles north-north-west of the US Antarctic Services base, in about 78º33' S, 163º 56' W. The latter base was destroyed by calving of the front of the Ross Ice Shelf during the 1948-55 period and was reported non-existent by the Atka in January 1955. Little America V, the main base of US "Operation Deepfreeze", 1956-58, was established about 30 miles north-east of Kainan Bay, in 78º 14' S, 161º 50' W.

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78° 40' 00.0" S
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164° 03' 00.0" W
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