Heard Island


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Heard Island,

barren, uninhabited subantarctic island, 142 sq mi (368 sq km), S Indian Ocean, located some 300 mi (483 km) SE of the Kerguelen Islands. Mountainous and largely covered by snow and glaciers, it is volcanic in origin. Mawson Peak, 9,006 ft (2,745 m), is an active volcano, and the highest peak in Australian territory. The island is a nature preserve and home to a large population of seals and penguins and other birds. It was discovered by U.S. Capt. John J. Heard in 1853 and and has been administered by Australia since 1947. Together with the smaller nearby McDonald Islands and Shag Island it forms the Territory of Heard Island and the McDonald Islands, 159 sq mi (412 sq km).
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Richards (1982; 1984, 24) identifies that a key reason Heard Island was not officially discovered until the 1850s was that until that time, and the beginning of the use of great circle route navigation to Australia, ships did not regularly go that far south in the Indian Ocean.
Daniel Kelton, a professional sports and fitness expert, will need to be in good shape for his solo sailing, kayaking and climbing adventure to Heard Island.
'Twelve of us established three field camps on Heard Island, which we used as a base to attach satellite trackers to animals, while our marine science colleagues on the research ship Aurora Australis spent 40 days rolling and pitching around Heard Island in a carefully constructed pattern, studying the animals.'
For that term had a special legal meaning which limited the usage of the term to uninhabited places such as Kerguelen Island and Heard Island and Antarctica which were annexed in special ways.
In 1991, scientists produced aloud, low-frequency signal off the coast of Heard Island in the southern Indian Ocean and found it was detectable off the west coast of the US.
- Our estimate of pup mortality from nonpredatory causes during the breeding season at Seal Island (average of 22% at mean age of 75 d) was much higher than the 4.4% at 77 d of age reported for Antarctic fur seal pups at Heard Island by Shaughnessy and Goldsworthy (1990).
For "country" they nearly always answer with the name of their village All their lives they've heard island residents refer to their rural village as "country" and Honolulu as "town."
Research has shown that Brown Glacier on subantarctic Heard Island is retreating rapidly.
This enabled him last November to undertake a visit to Heard Island and some of the other more remote islands of the South Indian Ocean.
The group successfully tested this idea from Heard Island off Antarctica in 1991 (SN: 1/26/91, p.