Geography

Antarctic Coast

September 13, 2011, 8:06 am
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Satellite view illustrating the Antarctic Coast. Source: NASA

The Antarctic Coast circumscribes the continent of Antarctica and is 17,968 kilometers in length. The entire coastline is encased in ice for much of the year as shown in the satellite image to the right. Some parts of the Antarctic coast is permanently locked behind one of the many Antarctic Ice Shelves, some of which are shown in the diagram to the right; there are a total of 47 named Antarctic Ice Shelves.
caption Antarctica's ten largest ice shelf areas. Source: NSIDC

The following lists the coastal areas moving west from the northern tip of the Antarctic Peninsula around the entire continent back to the tip of the Peninsula. The coastal stretches are grouped under the general names of the interior regions of Antarctica. Where the coast runs predominantly east to west the longitude of its start and finish are given. Finally, selected points of interest are added pursuant to the following format:

  • Interior region
    • Coastal stretch
      • Points of interest

Antarctic Peninsula (west side from north to south)

  • Graham Land
    • Trinity Peninsula
    • Davis Coast
    • Danco Coast
      • Hughes Bay (sight of first landing on the mainland)
    • Graham Coast
    • Loubet Coast
    • Fallières Coast
  • Palmer Land
    • Rymill Coast (Alexander Island and Charcot Island lie west of this coast)
  • Western part of Ellsworth Land (72oW - 103 oW )
    • English Coast (67oW - 80oW )
    • Bryan Coast (80oW - 90oW )
    • Eights Coast (90oW - 103 oW )
  • Marie Byrd Land (103oW - 155oW )
    • Walgreen Coast (103oW - 114oW )
    • Bakutis Coast (114oW - 127oW )
    • Hobbs Coast (127oW - 137oW )
    • Ruppert Coast (137oW - 146oW )
    • Saunders Coast (146oW - 158oW )
      • Edward VII Peninsula (155oW)

Behind the Ross Ice Shelf/Great Ice Barrier (155 oW - 164oE )

caption Antarctica's ten largest ice shelf areas. Source: NSIDC
    • Shirase Coast
    • Siple Coast
    • Gould Coast
    • Amundsen Coast
      • Bay of Whales (164oW)
    • Dufek Coast
    • Shackleton Coast
      • Ross Island (168oE)
    • Hillary Coast
      • McMurdo Sound (168o E - 164 oE)
  • Victoria Land (164oE - 142oE)
    • Scott Coast
      • McMurdo Dry Valleys (162o E)
    • Borchgrevink Coast
      • Cape Adare (170o E)
    • Pennell Coast (170oE - 164oE)
    • Oates Coast (164oE - 154oE)
    • George V Coast (154oE - 142oE)
  • Wilkes Land (142oE - 100oE)
    • Adélie Coast (142oE - 136oE)
    • Clarie Coast (136oE - 130oE)
    • Banzare Coast (130oE - 122oE)
    • Sabrina Coast (122oE - 116oE)
    • Budd Coast (116oE - 109oE)
    • Knox Coast (109oE - 100oE)
  • Queen Mary Coast (100oE - 92oE)
  • Wilhelm II Coast (92oE - 88oE)
  • Leopold and Astrid Coast (88oE - 81oE)
  • American Highland
    • Ingrid Christensen Coast (81oE - 73oE)
  • MacRobertson Land (70oE - 60oE)
    • Lars Christensen Coast (71oE - 67oE)
    • Mawson Coast (67oE - 60oE)
  • Enderby Land (60oE - 45oE)
    • Kemp Coast (60oE - 45oE)
      • Cape Ann (41oE)
  • Queen Maud Land (45oE - 20oW)
    • Prince Olav Coast (45oE - 40oE)
    • Prince Harald Coast (40oE - 34oE)
    • Princess Ragnhild Coast (34oE - 20oE)
    • Princess Astrid Coast (20oE - 5oE)
    • Princess Martha Coast (5oE - 20oW)
  • Coats Land (20oW - 36oW)
    • Caird Coast (20oW - 28oW)
    • Luitpold Coast (28oW - 36oW)
  • Behind the Ronne Ice Shelf
    • Zumberge Coast (70oW - 78oW)
    • Orville Coast (62oW - 70oW)

Antarctic Peninsula (east side from south to north)

    • Lassiter Coast
    • Black Coast
    • Wilkins Coast
    • Bowman Coast
    • Foyn Coast
    • Oscar II Coast
    • Nordenskjöld Coast

 

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Citation

(2011). Antarctic Coast. Retrieved from http://www.eoearth.org/view/article/51cbecee7896bb431f68e8e0

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