Edward VII Peninsula

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Edward VII Peninsula

 

the northwestern extremity of Marie Byrd Land, in Western Antarctica. On the south, Edward VII Peninsula adjoins the Ross Ice Shelf. It is covered with an ice sheet that is nearly 500 m thick; above the surface of the ice rise mountain ranges, such as the Rockefeller and Alexandra mountains, and individual peaks, such as La Gorce Peak (elevation, 829 m). The peninsula was discovered in 1842 by a British expedition led by J. Ross; it was named Edward VII Land in honor of the British king. Its peninsula nature was established in 1929 by an American expedition led by R. Byrd.

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