Shiraishi Peak (The name as it would appear in a gazetteer)
Shiraishi Peak (The name as it would appear on a map)
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Feature type: Peak
This name originates from New Zealand. It is part of the New Zealand Gazetteer and the SCAR Composite Gazetteer of Antarctica.
A partially ice free peak at c.1690m, on a prominent ridge in the Meteorite Hills, south Victoria Land, Antarctica. Feature depicted on topographic map NZ AntTopo50-MM03.
Named by the NZGB for Dr Kazuyuki Shiraishi, an eminent geologist and the Director-General (2011-2017) of the National Institute for Polar Research (NIPR), Japan’s National Antarctic Program. Early in his career, Dr Shiraishi was part of a US-Japanese ANSMET team that searched the area near this feature for meteorites – the Meteorite Hills were named following this expedition. Shiraishi has had continued involvement with ANSMET and the equivalent Japanese programme. He has also served as the Head of NIPR’s Antarctic Meteorite Research Center. Across his career Dr Shiraishi has collaborated internationally on many significant ventures including a three year term as COMNAP chair 2014-2017.
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