Eillium Island

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Eillium Island is a small island 2.2 km (1.4 mi) north-west of Route Point, the north-west tip of Laurie Island in the South Orkney Islands of Antarctica. It was first seen and roughly charted by Captain George Powell and Captain Nathaniel Palmer during their joint cruise in 1821. It was recharted in 1903 by the Scottish National Antarctic Expedition under Dr. William S. Bruce, who named it for his son Eillium.[1]

Important Bird Area[edit]

The 57 ha island has been identified as an Important Bird Area (IBA) by BirdLife International because it supports a large breeding colony of about 21,000 pairs of Chinstrap Penguins.[2]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ "Eillium Island". Geographic Names Information System, U.S. Geological Survey. Retrieved 2012-02-27. 
  2. ^ "Eillium Island". BirdLife data zone: Important Bird Areas. BirdLife International. 2012. Retrieved 2012-12-20. 

 This article incorporates public domain material from the United States Geological Survey document "Eillium Island" (content from the Geographic Names Information System).


Coordinates: 60°42′S 44°51′W / 60.700°S 44.850°W / -60.700; -44.850