Mount Elder

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Mount Elder is a 940-metre (3,080 ft) mountain lying between Endurance Glacier and Mount Pendragon on Elephant Island, in the South Shetland Islands of Antarctica. It was named by the UK Antarctic Place-Names Committee for Captain John P. Elder, Royal Engineers, surveyor of the U.K. Joint Services Expedition to Elephant Island in 1970–71.[1]

Important Bird Area[edit]

A 209-hectare (520-acre) tract of ice-free land 4 kilometres (2 nmi) east of the mountain, extending for 4 km along the shoreline, has been identified as an Important Bird Area (IBA) by BirdLife International because it supports a large breeding colony of about 14,000 pairs of chinstrap penguins.[2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Mount Elder". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey. Retrieved 2013-11-12. 
  2. ^ "Mount Elder, Elephant Island". BirdLife data zone: Important Bird Areas. BirdLife International. 2012. Retrieved 2012-12-17. 

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


Coordinates: 61°13′S 55°12′W / 61.217°S 55.200°W / -61.217; -55.200