Moreton Point

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Moreton Point is a point 1 nautical mile (2 km) north of Return Point at the western end of Coronation Island, in the South Orkney Islands off Antarctica. It was roughly charted by Captains George Powell and Nathaniel Palmer in 1821, and was named by Discovery Investigations personnel on the Discovery II who charted the islands in 1933.[1]

Important Bird Area[edit]

Moreton Point and an adjacent area of ice-free land, together with the nearby Larsen Islands, have been identified as an 1,805-hectare (4,460-acre) Important Bird Area by BirdLife International because the area supports large breeding colonies of seabirds, including some 125,000 pairs of chinstrap penguins and 125,000 pairs of southern fulmars. Snow petrels also nest there in smaller numbers.[2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Moreton Point". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey. Retrieved 2013-11-07. 
  2. ^ "Moreton Point, Monroe Island and Larsen Islands, western Coronation Island". BirdLife data zone: Important Bird Areas. BirdLife International. 2013. Retrieved 2013-01-11. 

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

Coordinates: 60°37′S 46°2′W / 60.617°S 46.033°W / -60.617; -46.033