Composite Gazetteer of Antarctica

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Place names of diverse national origins from the Composite Antarctic Gazetteer on a topographic map of the South Shetland Islands.
Place names from the Composite Antarctic Gazetteer on a topographic map of Ross Island.
Place names from the Composite Antarctic Gazetteer on a topographic map of Sentinel Range, Ellsworth Mountains.

The Composite Gazetteer of Antarctica (CGA) of the Scientific Committee on Antarctic Research (SCAR) is the authoritative international gazetteer containing all the Antarctic toponyms published in national gazetteers, plus basic information about those names and the relevant geographical features. The Gazetteer includes also parts of the International Hydrographic Organization (IHO) General Bathymetric Chart of the Oceans (GEBCO) gazetteer for under-sea features situated south of 60° south latitude.

As of December 2013, the overall content of the CGA amounts to 37,169 geographic names for 19,166 features including some 500 features with two or more entirely different names, contributed by the following sources:

Country Names
USA 13,162
UK 4,964
Russia 4,808
New Zealand 2,596
Argentina 2,545
Australia 2,432
Chile 1,865
Norway 1,647
Bulgaria 1,091
Germany 393
Poland 365
Japan 346
China 279
France 223
GEBCO 182
Belgium 117
Italy 53
Spain 35
South Korea 27
India 21
Ecuador 9
Uruguay 5
South Africa 2
Canada 2


National Authorities for Antarctic place-names[edit]

Country / Official authority:

Argentina: Instituto Geográfico Militar Sección Toponimia del Servicio de Hidrografía Naval de la Armada Argentina and Instituto Antártico Argentino;
Australia: Australian Antarctic Names and Medals Committee;
Bulgaria: Antarctic Place-names Commission;
Canada: Geographical Names Board of Canada;
Chile: Instituto Hidrográfíco y Oceanográfico de la Armada de Chile (SHOA) and Instituto Geográfico Militar (IGM);
China: Chinese Place-names Committee;
France: Commission de Toponymie des TAAF, Institut Géographique National (Commission of Toponymy of TAAF, National Geographic Institute);
Germany: Ständiger Ausschuß für Geographische Namen (Permanent committee on geographical names);
Italy: Comitato per i nomi geografici antartici (Antarctic geographic names Committee);
Japan: Antarctic Place-names Committee of Japan;
New Zealand: Antarctic Place-names Committee of New Zealand;
Norway: Antarctic Place-names Committee of Norway, Norsk Polarinstitutt;
Poland: Committee of Polar Research of the Polish Academy of Sciences;
Russia: Russian Interministerial Commission on Geographical Names;
UK: British Antarctic Survey UK Antarctic Place-names Committee;
Uruguay: Instituto Antártico Uruguayo;
USA: United States Board on Geographic Names;
GEBCO: GEBCO Sub-Committee on Undersea Feature Names.

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