SCAR Gazetteer Information: Each place can have one or more entries in the SCAR Composite Gazetteer, dependant on its origin. By viewing an individual entry, you may see multiple references to the same place. SCAR uses a more general feature type coding, so each place will, in general, have multiple feature types.

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Name Latitude Longitude Feature Type
Wilkes Land (AUS) 69° 00' 00.0" S 120° 00' 00.0" E Land
Name ID: 1292 Place ID: 16051

That portion of Antarctica between Cape Hordern (100ยบ31''32.5" E) and longitude 136 degrees E. The U.S. Exploring Expedition (1838-42) under Lieut. (later Rear Admiral) Charles E. Wilkes reported several sightings of land in this sector. The coastline was surveyed by USN Operation Highjump (1946-47), USN Operation Windmill (1947-48), ANARE (1956, 1958-60) and the Soviet Antarctic Expeditions (1956-59). Named after Rear Admiral Charles E. Wilkes, USN.

Wilkes Land (RUS) 69° 00' 00.0" S 120° 00' 00.0" E Land
Name ID: 121384 Place ID: 16051

Wilkes Land (USA) 69° 00' 00.0" S 120° 00' 00.0" E Land
Name ID: 133705 Place ID: 16051

A large land in Antarctica fronting on the lndian Ocean between Queen Mary Coast and George V Coast, extending from Cape Hordern in 10031E to Point Alden in 14202E. Named for Rear Admiral Charles Wilkes, American explorer who was in command of the United States Exploring Expedition, 1838-42. The name has been applied over this extent in recognition of the fact that Wilkes recognized the phenomena of the continental margin over a distance of 1,500 miles of coast and thus first provided substantial proof that Antarctica is a continent. This definition of extent excludes the area east of 14202E which was sighted by Wilkes but has been shown by later expeditions to be farther south than the positions originally assigned by him.

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