Queen Fabiola Mountains

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Queen Fabiola Mountains is a group of mountains in Antarctica, 30 miles (48 km) long, consisting mainly of seven small massifs which trend north-south, forming a partial barrier to the flow of inland ice. The mountains stand in isolation about 90 miles (140 km) southwest of the head of Lutzow-Holm Bay. The mountains were discovered and photographed from aircraft by the Belgian Antarctic Expedition under Guido Derom on 8 October 1960. With permission from King Baudouin of Belgium, the mountains were named after his newly wedded wife Fabiola. In November-December 1960, the mountains were visited by a party of the Japanese Antarctic Research Expedition (JARE), 1957–1962, which made geomorphological and geological surveys. They applied the name "Yamato Mountains".[1] Highest massif is Mount Fukushima (2,470 m).

The Japanese Antarctic Research Expedition (JARE) found the Yamato 000593 Martian meteorite in 2000 on the Yamato Glacier, at the Queen Fabiola Mountains.[2] With a mass of 13.7 kg (30 lb), Yamato 000593 is the second largest meteorite from Mars found on Earth.[2][3][4]


  1. ^ U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Queen Fabiola Mountains
  2. ^ a b Webster, Guy (February 27, 2014). "NASA Scientists Find Evidence of Water in Meteorite, Reviving Debate Over Life on Mars". NASA. Archived from the original on 2014-03-01. 
  3. ^ White, Lauren M.; Gibson, Everett K.; Thomnas-Keprta, Kathie L.; Clemett, Simon J.; McKay, David (February 19, 2014). "Putative Indigenous Carbon-Bearing Alteration Features in Martian Meteorite Yamato 000593". Astrobiology 14 (2): 170–181. doi:10.1089/ast.2011.0733. Retrieved 2014-02-27. 
  4. ^ Gannon, Megan (February 28, 2014). "Mars Meteorite with Odd 'Tunnels' & 'Spheres' Revives Debate Over Ancient Martian Life". Space.com. Archived from the original on 2014-03-01. 

Coordinates: 71°30′S 35°40′E / 71.500°S 35.667°E / -71.500; 35.667 This article incorporates public domain material from the United States Geological Survey document "Queen Fabiola Mountains" (content from the Geographic Names Information System).