Cuverville Island

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Cuverville Island
Cuverville Island.jpg
Cuverville Island, January 2001.
Geography
Location Antarctica
Coordinates 64°41′S 62°38′W / 64.683°S 62.633°W / -64.683; -62.633
Country
Demographics
Population 0
Additional information
Administered under the Antarctic Treaty System

Cuverville Island or Île de Cavelier de Cuverville is a dark, rocky island lying in Errera Channel between Arctowski Peninsula and the northern part of Rongé Island, off the west coast of Graham Land in Antarctica. Cuverville Island was discovered by the Belgian Antarctic Expedition (1897–1899) under Adrien de Gerlache, who named it for J.M.A. Cavelier de Cuverville (1834–1912), a vice admiral of the French Navy.

Important Bird Area[edit]

The island has been identified as an Important Bird Area (IBA) by BirdLife International because it supports a breeding colony of about 6500 pairs of gentoo penguins, the largest for this species on the Antarctic Peninsula. Other birds nesting at the site include southern giant petrels and imperial shags.[1]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ "Cuverville Island". BirdLife data zone: Important Bird Areas. BirdLife International. 2012. Retrieved 2012-12-14. 

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Coordinates: 64°41′S 62°38′W / 64.683°S 62.633°W / -64.683; -62.633