Brabant Island

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Brabant Island
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Location of Brabant Island.
Geography
Location Antarctica
Coordinates 64°15′S 62°20′W / 64.250°S 62.333°W / -64.250; -62.333Coordinates: 64°15′S 62°20′W / 64.250°S 62.333°W / -64.250; -62.333
Archipelago Palmer Archipelago
Length 33 mi (53 km)
Width 16 mi (26 km)
Highest elevation 2,520 m (8,270 ft)
Highest point Mount Parry
Country
Antarctica
Additional information
Administered under the Antarctic Treaty System

Brabant Island is the second largest island of the Palmer Archipelago within the British Antarctic Territory, lying between Anvers Island and Liège Island. Brabant Island is 53 km (33 mi) long north-south, 26 km (16 mi) wide, and rises to 2,520 m (8,268 ft) in Mount Parry. It was named by the Belgian Antarctic Expedition (1897-1899) under Adrien de Gerlache, who named it after the Belgian province of Brabant, in recognition of the support given to the expedition by its citizens.[1]

A paper summarizing the Joint Services expedition of 1984-1985 describes the island as "notoriously inhospitable" and states that there is evidence for only six visits between the discovery in 1898 and 1984.[2] Members of the expedition overwintered there in 1984-1985, and made the first ascent of Mount Parry.

Brabant Island, the Antarctic peninsula, Livingston Island, and Deception Island. Astronaut photo, 2011.

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  1. ^ "Brabant Island". United States Gazetteer. Retrieved 2013-11-19. 
  2. ^ "Joint Services Expedition to Brabant Island, Antarctica, 1984/85". The Geographical Journal. Retrieved 2013-11-19. 

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