The mountains were discovered and mapped by the Third German Antarctic Expedition (1938–1939), led by Alfred Ritscher, who named them for Alexander von Humboldt, famed German naturalist and geographer of the first half of the nineteenth century.
A plaque was erected at India Point ( ) in the Humboldt Mountains in memory of three scientists of the Geological Survey of India, as well as a communications technician from the Indian Navy, all of whom were members of the ninth Indian Expedition to Antarctica, who died in an accident at the site on 8 January 1990. The plaque has been designated a Historic Site or Monument (HSM 78), following a proposal by India to the Antarctic Treaty Consultative Meeting.
Mount Skarshovden (mountain, 2,830 m, surmounting the western side of Hovdeskar Gap. It was discovered and photographed by the Third German Antarctic Expedition, 1938–39, mapped by Norway from air photos and surveys by Norwegian Antarctic Expedition, 1956–60, and named Skarshovden ("the gap mountain").) is a rounded
Yanovskiy Rocks (Mount Khmyznikov near the southeast end of the Humboldt Mountains. First mapped from air photos and surveys by Soviet Antarctic Expedition, 1960–61, and named after Soviet hydrographer S.S. Yanovskiy.) are two isolated rock outcrops lying 8 kilometres (5 mi) south of
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- "List of Historic Sites and Monuments approved by the ATCM (2012)". Antarctic Treaty Secretariat. 2012. Retrieved 2014-01-06.
- "Mount Skarshovden". Geographic Names Information System, U.S. Geological Survey. Retrieved 2007-03-12.
- "Yanovskiy Rocks". Geographic Names Information System, U.S. Geological Survey. Retrieved 2008-03-20.
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