Booth Island

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For the Canadian island, see Booth Island (Nunavut).
Booth Island is located in Antarctica
Booth Island
Booth Island
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Location of Booth Island
Booth Island
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Icebergs and Booth Island
Geography
Location Antarctica
Coordinates 65°05′S 64°00′W / 65.08°S 64.0°W / -65.08; -64.0
Length 5 mi (8 km)
Highest elevation 980 m (3,220 ft)
Highest point Wandel Peak
Country
Antarctica
Additional information
Administered under the Antarctic Treaty System

Booth Island (or Wandel Island) is a rugged, Y-shaped island, 5 miles (8 km) long and rising to 980 m (3,215 ft) off the northwest coast of Kiev Peninsula in Graham Land, Antarctica in the northeastern part of the Wilhelm Archipelago. Booth Island is located at 65°05′S 64°00′W / 65.08°S 64.0°W / -65.08; -64.0. Discovered and named by a German expedition under Eduard Dallmann 1873–74, probably for Oskar Booth or Stanley Booth, or both, members of the Hamburg Geographical Society at that time. The Advisory Committee on Antarctic Names has rejected the name "Wandel Island", applied by the Belgian Antarctic Expedition, 1897–99, in favor of the original naming. The narrow passage between the island and the mainland is the scenic Lemaire Channel.

The highest point of the island is 980-meter (3,215 ft) Wandel Peak. Damien Gildea called it "one of the most challenging unclimbed objectives on the Antarctic Peninsula". On 15 February 2006 the peak was reached by a group of Spanish alpinists, who still avoided the last 10–15 meters (32.8–49.2 ft) of the mushroomlike top.

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