Byrd Land


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Byrd Land

a part of Antarctica, east of the Ross Ice Shelf and the Ross Sea: claimed for the US by Admiral Richard E. Byrd in 1929, though all claims are suspended under the Antarctic Treaty of 1959
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Marie Byrd Land is a large unclaimed area in remote West Antarctica, and the Whillans Ice Stream is a river of ice that pours from the (http://www.
He has successfully negotiated some of the most difficult international routes including the north side of Everest, the north face of Kangchenjunga in Eastern Nepal (the world's third highest mountain), Mount Kenya, Mount Aconcaqua in Argentina as well as the Ross Sea and Marie Byrd Land in Antartica.
In the 1930s the US briefly made a claim to the unclaimed territory (Admiral Byrd named it Marie Byrd Land after his wife) but the US did not persist with it because it said that it disapproved of such claims.
It is a massive, mainly snow-covered shield volcano which is the highest and most imposing of the five volcanic mountains that comprise the Executive Committee Range of Marie Byrd Land.