Spillane Fjord (The name as it would appear in a gazetteer)
Spillane Fjord (The name as it would appear on a map)
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Feature type: Fjord (3)
This name originates from United States of America. It is part of the United States Gazetteer and the SCAR Composite Gazetteer of Antarctica.
A fjord in front of Crane Glacier in the W part of Exasperation Inlet, Oscar II Coast, Graham Land. The feature is 2 miles wide, 10 miles long and averages 1000 m deep. Its greatest depth is 1250 m at the far W end of the fjord. The fjord was created by the catastrophic retreat of Crane Glacier, which was itself caused by the break up of the N portion of the Larsen Ice Shelf in March 2002. The fjord's creation was documented by satellite images and the feature was first visited by surface ship in April 2006 during the U.S. Antarctic Program NBP06-03 cruise, when the extent, depth and dimension were determined by swath bathymetry. Named by US-ACAN (2007) after Joshua Spillane who served the USAP as a marine technician aboard L.M.Gould and N.B. Palmer. He lost his life in Drake Passage, April 16, 2006, while L.M.Gould was transiting from Palmer Station to Punta Arenas, Chile.
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