Mount Flora

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Mount Flora is a mountain, 520 m (1,700 ft) high, containing a well-defined cirque which faces north-east, standing 0.5 nmi (1 km) south-east of the head of Hope Bay, at the north-east end of the Antarctic Peninsula. It was discovered by the Swedish Antarctic Expedition under Otto Nordenskiöld, 1901–04, and named by Johan Gunnar Andersson, second-in-command of the expedition who discovered plant fossils of the Jurassic period there.[1]

Antarctic Specially Protected Area[edit]

A 30 hectares (74 acres) site on the northern slopes of the mountain, encompassing the fossiliferous strata, has been designated an Antarctic Specially Protected Area (ASPA No.148). It is a scientifically important site for geological, paleobotanical and paleoclimatological studies. It lies about 3 kilometres (1.6 nmi) south-east of Argentina’s Esperanza Base and is easily accessible on foot from there and from Hope Bay.[2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Mount Flora". Geographic Names Information System, U.S. Geological Survey. Retrieved 2013-11-12. 
  2. ^ "Mount Flora, Hope Bay, Antarctic Peninsula". Management Plan for Antarctic Specially Protected Area No. 148: Measure 1. Antarctic Treaty Secretariat. 2002. Retrieved 2013-09-10. 

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


Coordinates: 63°25′S 57°1′W / 63.417°S 57.017°W / -63.417; -57.017