Dominion Range

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The Dominion Range (85°20′S 166°30′E / 85.333°S 166.500°E / -85.333; 166.500) is a broad mountain range, about 48 km (30 mi) long, forming a prominent salient at the juncture of the Beardmore and Mill glaciers in Antarctica.[1] The range is part of the Queen Maud Mountains

The range was discovered by the British Antarctic Expedition (1907–09) and named by Shackleton for the Dominion of New Zealand, which generously aided the expedition.[1]

The highest peak is Mount Mills at 2,955 metres (9,695 ft).


Geological features[edit]

Mount Mills[edit]

Mount Mills (85°12′S 165°17′E / 85.200°S 165.283°E / -85.200; 165.283) is the highest mountain in the range at 2,955 metres (9,695 ft), forming part of the northern escarpment overlooking the Beardmore Glacier 13 km north of Mount Saunders. The mountain was discovered by the British Antarctic Expedition (1907–09) under Shackleton, and named for Sir James Mills who, with the government of New Zealand, paid the cost of towing the expedition ship Nimrod to Antarctica in 1908.[2]

Mount Nimrod[edit]

Mount Nimrod (85°25′S 165°45′E / 85.417°S 165.750°E / -85.417; 165.750) is a mountain at 2,835 metres (9,301 ft), standing 6 km SSE of Mount Saunders. It was discovered by the British Antarctic Expedition (1907–09) and named after the expedition ship Nimrod.[3]

Mount Saunders[edit]

Mount Saunders (85°21′S 165°26′E / 85.350°S 165.433°E / -85.350; 165.433) is a mountain at 2,895 metres (9,498 ft), forming a part of the western escarpment of the Dominion Range, 7.2 km (4.5 mi) NNW of Mount Nimrod. Discovered by the British Antarctic Expedition (1907–09) and named for Edward Saunders, secretary to Ernest Shackleton, who assisted in preparing the narrative of the expedition.[4]

Safety Spur[edit]

Safety Spur (85°19′S 168°0′E / 85.317°S 168.000°E / -85.317; 168.000) is a small rock spur from the Dominion Range, extending southeast from a broad isolated prominence between the mouth of Vandament Glacier and the west side of Mill Glacier. So named by the Southern Party of the New Zealand Geological Survey Antarctic Expedition (NZGSAE) (1961–62) because it was at this landfall that the party arrived after their first crossing of Mill Glacier in November 1961.[5]

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