Visokoi Island

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Visokoi Island
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South Sandwich Islands
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Location of Visokoi Island
Geography
Coordinates 56°42′S 027°12′W / 56.700°S 27.200°W / -56.700; -27.200
Archipelago South Sandwich Islands
Length 7.2 km (4.47 mi)
Width 4.8 km (2.98 mi)
Highest elevation 1,005 m (3,297 ft)
Highest point Mount Hodson
Country
United Kingdom

Visokoi Island is an uninhabited island in the Traversay Islands group of the South Sandwich Islands. It was discovered in 1819 by a Russian expedition under Fabian Gottlieb von Bellingshausen, who named the island Visokoi ("high") because of its conspicuous height.[1]

The island is 7.2 km (4.5 miles) long and 4.8 km (3 miles) wide, capped by Mount Hodson, a volcanic peak (1,005 m or 3,297 ft). The peak is named after Sir Arnold Weinholt Hodson, a governor of the Falkland Islands.

The island's eastern tip, Point Irving, is named for the commander of a British exploratory and mapping expedition, John J. Irving.

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References[edit]

  1. ^ Mills, William James (2003). Exploring polar frontiers: a historical encyclopedia. A - L.. ABC-CLIO. p. 680. ISBN 978-1-57607-422-0. Retrieved 6 January 2012.