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Tower Island, Antarctica

Tower Island was named in 1820 by Edward Bransfield of the British Royal Navy during a major exploration of the Southern Ocean. On January 30, 1820, Bransfield caught sight of the Trinity Peninsula, the northernmost point of the Antarctic...

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Anvers Island, also known as Antwerp Island or Isla Amberes, is the largest island in the Palmer Archipelago. It was discovered in 1832 by John Biscoe and named in 1898 by Adrien de Gerlache, who ran the Belgian Antarctic Expedition. The Palmer...

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Icebergs can be classified both by size and on the basis of their shape. Many are tabular icebergs, which have steep sides and a flat top, much like a plateau. They can be enormous—tens of kilometers long—with a thickness of 200 to 400...

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Humpback whales, which are named for the shape of their dorsal fin, congregate in the waters along the Palmer Archipelago each summer and into autumn, heading north before ice begins to form on the bays here. Each whale has its own...

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Continue south from the Palmer Archipelago and across the Bismarck Strait, and you'll reach the Wilhelm Archipelago. If you have guessed from their names that a German explorer was the first to map this part of the continent, you are right. An...