Galindez Island

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Vernadsky Station on Galindez Island in January 2014
Galindez Island, Antarctica

Galindez Island is an island 0.5 miles (0.8 km) long, lying immediately east of Winter Island in the Argentine Islands, Wilhelm Archipelago. It was discovered by the French Antarctic Expedition, 1903–05, under Jean-Baptiste Charcot, who named it for Commander Ismael Galindez of the Argentine Navy, who was dispatched in the Uruguay to search for Charcot, when the expedition was feared lost early in 1905. The island was recharted by the British Graham Land Expedition (BGLE) under John Riddoch Rymill, 1934–37.[1][2]

The BGLE hut on Winter Island disappeared in mysterious circumstances (possibly due to a tsunami) in 1946. A new hut was set up on 7 January 1947 by the Falkland Islands Dependencies Survey (FIDS), becoming known officially as Base F ("Wordie Hut", after James Wordie). This was replaced on 30 May 1954 by a larger hut on nearby Galindez Island ("Coronation Hut" after the coronation of Queen Elizabeth II in 1953) and was a key observatory during the International Geophysical Year 1957/58. FIDS was re-organised and renamed as the British Antarctic Survey (BAS) in the early 1960s. After 30-odd years of continuous occupation as a geophysical, magnetic, ionospheric, atmospheric and meteorological observatory, Base F was rebuilt by BAS in 1980, before being abandoned and handed over to Ukraine on 6 February 1996 and renamed Vernadsky Research Base. During the 1960s/70s the base had a deserved reputation as particularly comfortable and friendly. The Ukrainian Vernadsky Research Base is at Marina Point on Galindez Island.[1]

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 This article incorporates public domain material from the United States Geological Survey document "Galindez Island" (content from the Geographic Names Information System). Coordinates: 65°15′S 64°15′W / 65.250°S 64.250°W / -65.250; -64.250