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Mullins Valley

Mullins Valley (The name as it would appear in a gazetteer)

Mullins Valley  (The name as it would appear on a map)

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New Zealand Gazetteer Id 139648

Feature type: Valley


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 valley approximately 4km long between Rector Ridge and Vestal Ridge, at approx. 1600m elevation, located in the McMurdo Dry Valleys. It is one the few dry valleys in the world to contains rock glaciers. US Antarctic Program (U.S. Antarctic Project (USAP)) research has dated the subsurface ice in Mullins Valley at 4 million years old making it among the oldest ice on earth. U.S. Antarctic Project (USAP) research has also shown the rock glaciers in the valley to be analogous to the Arsia Mons region on Mars. Feature depicted on: NZ AntTopo50-MF07

Named For

Named for Jerry L. Mullins, Physical Scientist, Chief, Antarctic and Arctic Program for U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) and National Science Foundation Antarctic geophysical research. His was responsible for Antarctic field research in the Transantarctic Mountains, McMurdo Dry Valleys, Shackleton Mountains, Beardmore Mountains, Antarctic Peninsula, Mount Siple, Amundsen-Scott South Pole station and at deep field research locations in West Antarctica. His program conducted research in the disciplines of global positioning systems, geodesy, crustal motion, glacial geophysics, airborne geospatial systems, seismology, light detection and ranging (LIDAR), topographic mapping and he managed the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) South Pole winter-over program from 1989 to 1994. He was appointed by the National Academy of Sciences, Polar Research Board as a US delegate to the Scientific Committee on Antarctic Research Geosciences Standing Scientific Group from 1995-2004 and was appointed as a member of the Advisor Committee on Antarctic Names in 1994. Mullins Valley appears in the Antarctic research literature, on the maps from the British expedition of Captain Scott and in aerial photographs from the United States expedition Operation Highjump by Admiral Byrd.


77° 53' 58.2" S
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160° 35' 41.4" E
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1639 m
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MF07 : Edition 1.01 Published 2013
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