Haswell Island

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Haswell is located in Antarctica
Location of Haswell Island in Antarctica

Haswell Island is the largest of the Haswell Islands, lying off the coast of Antarctica, about 3 km (1.9 mi) north of Mabus Point in Queen Mary Land. It was discovered by the Western Base Party of the Australasian Antarctic Expedition, 1911–14, under Mawson, and named by him for Professor William A. Haswell, a zoologist at Sydney University and a member of the expedition's Advisory Committee.[1]


The island is a unique site for almost all bird species breeding in East Antarctica, including Antarctic petrels, Antarctic fulmars, Cape petrels, snow petrels, Wilson's storm petrels, south polar skuas and Adélie penguins. To the south-east of the island, there is a large colony of emperor penguins breeding on fast ice. The island and the adjacent emperor penguin rookery site are protected under the Antarctic Treaty System as Antarctic Specially Protected Area (ASPA) No.127. The area also supports five species of seals, including Ross seals.[2]

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  1. ^ "Haswell Island". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey. Retrieved 2012-05-31. 
  2. ^ "Haswell Island and Adjacent Emperor Penguin Rookery on Fast Ice". Management Plan for Antarctic Specially Protected Area No. 127: Measure 1, Annex B. Antarctic Treaty Secretariat. 2006. Retrieved 2013-01-24. 

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

Coordinates: 66°31′S 93°0′E / 66.517°S 93.000°E / -66.517; 93.000