Hearst Island

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Hearst Island
Geography
Location Antarctica
Coordinates 69°25′S 062°10′W / 69.417°S 62.167°W / -69.417; -62.167
Length 58 km (36 mi)
Width 11 km (6.8 mi)
Highest elevation 365 m (1,198 ft)
Country
Antarctica
Additional information
Administered under the Antarctic Treaty System

Hearst Island (69°25′S 062°10′W / 69.417°S 62.167°W / -69.417; -62.167) is an ice-covered, dome-shaped island lying 6 km (3.7 mi) east of Cape Rymill, in the Weddell Sea, off the eastern coast of Palmer Land. The island is 58 km (36 mi) long, in a North-South direction, 11 km (6.8 mi) wide, and rises to 365 m (1,198 ft).

It was first sighted on a flight on December 20, 1928 by Sir Hubert Wilkins. Thinking it was part of the mainland of Antarctica, he named it Hearst Land, for William Randolph Hearst who helped finance the expedition. It was resighted and its insularity ascertained in 1940 by members of the USAS who explored this coast by land and from the air. They named it Wilkins Island. Examination of aerial photographs have shown, however, that this large island is what Wilkins considered Hearst Land.

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