Rockefeller Plateau


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Rockefeller Plateau

 

a glacial plateau in the western part of Marie Byrd Land, in Western Antarctica. The snow-covered surface of Rockefeller Plateau is totally devoid of bed-rock outcrops and smoothly descends from 1,500 m in the east to 200–400 m in the west, where it borders on the Ross Ice Shelf. The ice cover is 500 to 2,000 m thick.

Rockefeller Plateau was discovered in 1934 by an American expedition under the command of R. Byrd. It was named in honor of John D. Rockefeller, who financed the expedition.

The Great Soviet Encyclopedia, 3rd Edition (1970-1979). © 2010 The Gale Group, Inc. All rights reserved.
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