Thiel Mountains

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Thiel Mountains
Thiel Mountains close.jpg
Aerial view of the Thiel Mountains
Length 72 km (45 mi)
Continent Antarctica
Range coordinates 85°15′S 91°00′W / 85.25°S 91°W / -85.25; -91Coordinates: 85°15′S 91°00′W / 85.25°S 91°W / -85.25; -91
Parent range Transantarctic Mountains
Borders on Horlick Mountains and Pensacola Mountains

The Thiel Mountains are an isolated, mainly snow-capped mountain range in Antarctica which are 72 km (45 mi) long. The mountains are located roughly between the Horlick Mountains and the Pensacola Mountains, and extend from Moulton Escarpment on the west to Nolan Pillar on the east. Major components include Ford Massif (2,810 m), Bermel Escarpment and a group of eastern peaks near Nolan Pillar. The mountains were observed and first positioned by the USARP Horlick Mountains Traverse Party, 1958-59. The mountains were surveyed by the USGS Thiel Mountains parties of 1960-61 and 1961-62.[1]

The Thiel Mountains were named by US-ACAN after Dr. Edward C. Thiel, traverse seismologist at Ellsworth Station and the Pensacola Mountains in 1957. In December 1959, he made airlifted geophysical observations along the 88th meridian west, including work near these mountains. Thiel perished with four others on November 9, 1961 in the crash of a P2V Neptune aircraft soon after take-off from Wilkes Station.[1]

An aircraft fuel cache (85°12′S 087°53′W / 85.200°S 87.883°W / -85.200; -87.883) is located near the Thiel Mountains for planes traveling between the Patriot Hills Base Camp and the Amundsen-Scott South Pole Station.[2]


  1. ^ a b U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Thiel Mountains
  2. ^ South Pole Flights