Joubin Islands

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The Joubin Islands are a group of small islands lying 3 nautical miles (6 km) south-west of Cape Monaco, Anvers Island, at the south-western end of the Palmer Archipelago of Antarctica. The islands were discovered by the French Antarctic Expedition, 1903–05, under Jean-Baptiste Charcot, and named by him for Louis Joubin, the French naturalist.[1] They have been designated a Restricted Zone under ASMA 7Southwest Anvers Island and Palmer Basin — which includes the marine area extending 50 metres (55 yd) from the shorelines.[2]

Environment[edit]

The islands share a volcanic and granitic geological origin with Anvers Island. Their vegetation, which is typical of the region, consists of a variety of mosses, lichens and algae, as well as the flowering plants Antarctic Hairgrass and Antarctic Pearlwort.[2]

Important Bird Area[edit]

The islands have been identified as an Important Bird Area (IBA) by BirdLife International because they support a breeding colony of about 250 pairs of imperial shags. Other birds nesting on the islands include Adélie, gentoo and chinstrap penguins as well as southern giant petrels.[2]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ "Joubin Islands". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey. Retrieved 2013-04-08. 
  2. ^ a b c "Joubin Islands". BirdLife data zone: Important Bird Areas. BirdLife International. 2013. Retrieved 2013-01-09. 

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


Coordinates: 64°47′S 64°27′W / 64.783°S 64.450°W / -64.783; -64.450