South Sandwich Islands
Location of Visokoi Island
|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|
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.
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. Cmdr. Irving is the father of British Holocaust denier David Irving.
- 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.
- LeMasurier, W. E.; Thomson, J. W. (eds.) (1990). Volcanoes of the Antarctic Plate and Southern Oceans. American Geophysical Union. p. 512 pp. ISBN 0-87590-172-7.
- Hodson Volcano
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