The Davis Sea is a marginal sea along the coast of Antarctica along Princess Elizabeth Land. Discovered during the Australasian Antarctic Expedition (AAE) (1911-14) from the vessel Aurora. Named by Sir Douglas Mawson for Captain J.K. Davis, master of the Aurora and second in command of the expedition. (See Mawson, Shackleton and the end of the Heroic Age opf Antarctic Exploration)
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The Davis Sea has a total surface area of approximately 21,000 square kilometers and a maximum depth of 1300 meters. Located in eastern Antarctica, the Davis Sea is situated between two ice shelves: the West Ice Shelf and the Shackleton Ice Shelf. Its limits are reported by several sources to range between 82 and 86 degrees East and 96 to 98 degrees East.
- U.S.Geological Survey. 1997. USGS Geographic Names Information System, Antarctica Data, Davis Sea
- Antarctica Collection on the Encyclopedia of Earth
- Seas of the World on the Encyclopedia of Earth