Drygalski Island

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Drygalski Island
Location Antarctica
Coordinates 65°45′S 92°30′E / 65.750°S 92.500°E / -65.750; 92.500
Area 220 km2 (85 sq mi)
Length 11 mi (18 km)
Highest elevation 325 m (1,066 ft)
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Administered under the Antarctic Treaty System

Drygalski Island is an ice-capped island with a dome about 327 m (1,073 ft) high that is 18 kilometres (11 mi) long and rises to 325 m (1,066 ft) in the Davis Sea of the Southern Ocean, about 85 km (53 mi) north of the coast of Queen Mary Land and 45 miles (72 km) north-northeast of Cape Filchner. The island is located at 65°45′S 92°30′E / 65.750°S 92.500°E / -65.750; 92.500Coordinates: 65°45′S 92°30′E / 65.750°S 92.500°E / -65.750; 92.500 and has an elevation of 325 m (1,066 ft). It has an area of 220 km2 (85 sq mi).

Drygalski Island was first viewed from the continental antarctic coast in November 1912 by members of the Western Base Party of the Australian Antarctic Expedition (1911-1914), and observed more closely from Sir Douglas Mawson's ship Aurora on the homeward journey in January 1914. Because Drygalski Island was thought to be "Drygalski's High Land", charted by Professor Erich von Drygalski of the German Antarctic Expedition (1901-1903) in 1902, Drygalski's name was given by Sir Douglas Mawson to the island.

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