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Ronne Ice Shelf (The name as it would appear in a gazetteer)
Ronne Ice Shelf (The name as it would appear on a map)
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Feature type: Ice shelf (12)
This name originates from United States of America. It is part of the United States Gazetteer and the SCAR Composite Gazetteer of Antarctica.
Names that other countries have for this feature:
The larger and western of the two major ice shelves at the head of Weddell Sea. It is bounded on the west by the base of Antarctic Peninsula and Ellsworth Land, and on the east by Berkner Island. Cdr. Finn Ronne, USNR, leader of RARE (1947-48), discovered and photographed a strip along the entire northern portion of this ice shelf in two aircraft flights in November and December 1947. He named it "Lassiter Shelf Ice" and gave the name "Edith Ronne Land" to the land presumed to lie south of it. In 1957-58, the US-IGY party at Ellsworth Station, under now Captain Ronne, determined that the ice shelf was larger than previously charted, that it extends southward to preempt most of "Edith Ronne Land." Inasmuch as Capt. James Lassiter's name has been assigned to a coast of Palmer Land, the US-ACAN has approved the name Ronne Ice Shelf for this large ice shelf. The recommendation is on the basis of first sighting and exploration of the ice shelf by Ronne and parties under his leadership. Named for Edith Ronne, wife of Captain Ronne, who made important contributions to the planning, organization, and operation of RARE and who served as observer at the Stonington Island base while RARE members were in the field. (Filchner Ice Shelf lies between Berkner Island and Coats Land.)
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