Eklund Islands (The name as it would appear in a gazetteer)
Eklund Islands (The name as it would appear on a map)
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Feature type: Island (5)
This name originates from United States of America. It is part of the United States Gazetteer and the SCAR Composite Gazetteer of Antarctica.
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Group of islands which rise through the ice near the SW end of George VI Sound. The largest island, 5 mi in extent and rising to 410 m, was discovered in December 1940 by Finn Ronne and Carl R. Eklund of the USAS during their 1,097-mile sledge journey S from Stonington Island to the SW part of George VI Sound and return. At that time this large island, named by Ronne for Eklund, ornithologist and assistant biologist of the expedition was the only land protruding above an area of hummocky ice. V.E. Fuchs and R.J. Adie of the FIDS sledged to the SW part of George VI Sound in 1949, at which time, because of a recession of the ice in the sound, they were able to determine that the island discovered by Ronne and Eklund is the largest of a group of mainly ice-covered islands. On the basis of original discovery, the US-ACAN recommends that the name Eklund be applied to the island group rather than the single island discovered by Ronne and Eklund.
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