Princess Astrid Coast


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Princess Astrid Coast

 

a portion of the coast of Queen Maud Land between 5° and 20° E long. (Eastern Antarctica). Along virtually the entire extent of the coast, the glacier slope changes into shelf glaciers which form steep coastal bluffs on the northern edge. In the central part of the Princess Astrid Coast is the Schiermacher Oasis, where the Soviet Novolazarevskaia scientific station has been located since 1961. Previously (1959–61) the Soviet Lazarev Station operated in this region. Princess Astrid Coast was discovered in 1931 by Norwegian whalers and was named after a Norwegian princess. Since 1959 the Princess Astrid Coast has been a region of systematic research by the Soviet antarctic expeditions.

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