Scientific Committee on Antarctic Research (SCAR)
Collated by Programma Nazionale di Ricerche in Antartide (Italy)
in the framework of the SCAR Standing Committee on Antarctic Geographic Information (SCAGI)
Shackleton Ice Shelf (The name as it would appear in a gazetteer)
Shackleton Ice Shelf (The name as it would appear on a map)
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Feature type: Ice shelf
This name originates from Australia. It is part of the Australian Antarctic Gazetteer and the SCAR Composite Gazetteer of Antarctica.
Names that other countries have for this feature:
An extensive ice shelf off the coast of Queen Mary Land extending up to 170 km northwards and stretching along the coast from Junction Corner (94 degrees 45' E) to at least the Denman Glacier (99 degrees E). Recent Soviet charts show the shelf extending as far east as 105 degrees E., but there are some doubts as to whether this is one continuous ice shelf or two shelves separated by the Denman and Scott Glaciers. The eastern part of the ice shelf was sighted by the US Exploring Expedition under Wilkes in February, 1840. The western portion was explored by the Western Base Party of AAE (1911-14).
Named by Sir Douglas Mawson after Sir Ernest Shackleton, British Antarctic explorer.