Gibbon Bay

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Gibbon Bay is a bay 2 km (1.2 mi) long and wide, entered between Rayner Point and The Turret along the east coast of Coronation Island, in the South Orkney Islands of Antarctica. The bay was first seen in December 1821 by Captain George Powell and Captain Nathaniel Palmer, but was more accurately delineated on a 1912 chart by Captain Petter Sorlle. It was recharted in 1933 by Discovery Investigations personnel on the Discovery II and named for the ship's surgeon, Dr G.M. Gibbon.[1]

Important Bird Area[edit]

The bay has been identified as an Important Bird Area (IBA) by BirdLife International because it supports a large breeding colony of about 13,000 pairs of chinstrap penguins as well as being a nesting site for snow petrels.[2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Gibbon Bay". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey. Retrieved 2012-04-23. 
  2. ^ "Gibbon Bay, Coronation Island". BirdLife data zone: Important Bird Areas. BirdLife International. 2012. Retrieved 2012-12-27. 

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


Coordinates: 60°39′S 45°11′W / 60.650°S 45.183°W / -60.650; -45.183