Young Island

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Young Island
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Young Island is the northernmost of the Balleny Islands
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Location of the Balleny Islands
Geography
Location Antarctica
Coordinates 66°17′S 162°25′E / 66.283°S 162.417°E / -66.283; 162.417
Archipelago Balleny Islands
Length 11 km (6.8 mi)
Width 3.5 km (2.17 mi)
Highest elevation 1,340 m (4,400 ft)
Country
Demographics
Population Uninhabited
Additional information
Administered under the Antarctic Treaty System
Young Island
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Elevation: 1,340 m (4,400 ft)
Coordinates: 66°25′S 162°27′E / 66.42°S 162.45°E / -66.42; 162.45
Location: Subantarctic island
Type: Stratovolcano
Last eruption: Unknown
First ascent: Unknown
Easiest route: Unknown

Young Island (66°17′S 162°25′E / 66.283°S 162.417°E / -66.283; 162.417) is the northernmost and westernmost of the three main islands in the uninhabited Balleny Islands group located in the Southern Ocean. It lies 8 kilometres (5.0 mi) northwest of Buckle Island, some 115 kilometres (71 mi) north-northeast of Belousov Point on the Antarctic mainland.

The island is roughly semi-oval in shape, with a long straight east coast and a curved west coast meeting at Cape Scoresby in the south and Cape Ellsworth in the north. The distance between these two capes is 11 kilometres (6.8 mi), and at its widest the island is 3.5 kilometres (2.2 mi) across. The island is volcanic, with active fumaroles, and a height of 1,340 metres (4,400 feet). It is entirely covered with snow.

Several small islets lie in the channel separating Cape Scoresby and Buckle Island, the largest of which is Borradaile Island. Several sea stacks lie off the island's northern tip. These are known as the Seal Rocks.

The island forms part of the Ross Dependency, claimed by New Zealand (see Antarctic territorial claims).

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