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McDonald Beach

McDonald Beach (The name as it would appear in a gazetteer)

McDonald Beach  (The name as it would appear on a map)

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New Zealand Gazetteer Id 113876

Feature type: Beach (7)


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 large beach extending 3km between Keys Point to the north and Harrison Bluff to the south, approximately 12km southwest of Cape Bird. The beach consists of alternating prograded storm-wave beaches separated by shallow hollows occupied by ponds. Towards its southern end the prograded part of the beach merges with a low and extensive stream fan which in part was cut back to a low cliff edge before the present phase of progradation commenced. Behind the fan towards the southern end of the beach another cliff rises to an undulating glaciated bench, 45 to 60 metres high, on which the southernmost of the three Adelie Penguin rookeries of the Cape Bird district is situated. Feature shown on: NZ AntTopo50-ME13

Named For

Named by the New Zealand Geological and Survey Antarctic Expedition (NZGSAE), 1958-59, for Captain Edwin S McDonald, formerly Deputy-Commander, US Naval Support Force, Antarctica, who provided extensive transport and other facilities for this NZ Expedition, and whose sympathetic support facilitated the survey of the Cape Bird district. At the time the feature was named, the fan and the beach were considered to be "sufficiently extensive for the establishment of an airfield or a comparable installation needing extensive space."


77° 15' 05.5" S
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166° 22' 12.2" E
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3 m
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0.5m Antarctic Imagery Mosaic, DigitalGlobe Inc 2018
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