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Zavodovski Island
Southern Ocean
Earth's Natural Wonders in the Polar Regions
Area of South Sanwich Islands: 120 square miles (310 sq. km)
Height of Mt. Asphyxia: 5,905 feet (1,800 m)
Location of Zavodovski Island [1]
   

 

Zavodovski Island is an uninhabited volcanic island in the Traversay Islands group of the South Sandwich Islands. It lies 350 kilometres southeast of South Georgia Island. It is the northernmost of the South Sandwich Islands and the nearest to South Georgia.

Zavodovski Island was discovered and named by the Russian Antarctic explorer Fabian Gottlieb von Bellingshausen on Christmas Eve, 1819. Bellingshausen named it after Lieutenant Ivan Zavodovski, who was captain of his ship, the Vostok.

The island is approximately 5 kilometres across with a peak elevation of 551 metres above sea level. The stratovolcano Mount Curry dominates the western side of the island while the eastern half is a low-lying lava plain. Mount Curry is believed to be active with fresh lava reported in 1830 and numerous indications of activity since. Approximately 50% of the island is composed of tephra.

The island is home to around a million pairs of breeding chinstrap penguins, making it one of the world's largest penguin colonies.[2]

 

Antarctica's king penguin colonys. Watch the giant chic creches and there unique methods of communication. From the BBC.

 

BBCWorldwide
February 09, 2007

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References
 
 1. Wikimedia Commons-Zavodovski Island- Creative Commons Attribution License-retrieved 7/25/2009
 2. Wikipedia-Zavodovski Island-retrieved 7/25/2009
 
 
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