Palmer Land


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Palmer Land,

part of the Antarctic PeninsulaAntarctic Peninsula,
glaciated mountain region of W Antarctica, extending c.1,200 mi (1,930 km) N toward South America; in the south, volcanic peaks rise to c.11,000 ft (3,350 m). Most of its NE coast is fringed by the Larsen ice shelf.
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, W Antarctica. Named by Americans after Nathaniel PalmerPalmer, Nathaniel Brown,
1799–1877, American sea captain and antarctic explorer, b. Stonington, Conn. While on a whaling voyage (1820–21) in the South Shetlands, he commanded the Hero
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, who explored the area in 1820, Palmer Land (or Palmer Peninsula) referred to the entire Antarctic Peninsula. Palmer Land also refers to the portion of the peninsula surrounding Graham Land to the north, west, and south.

Palmer Land

the S part of the Antarctic Peninsula
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