Aspland Island

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Aspland Island
Aspland Island is located in Antarctica
Aspland Island
Location in Antarctica
Location Antarctica
Coordinates 61°28′S 55°55′W / 61.467°S 55.917°W / -61.467; -55.917Coordinates: 61°28′S 55°55′W / 61.467°S 55.917°W / -61.467; -55.917
Population Uninhabited
Additional information
Administered under the Antarctic Treaty System

Aspland Island is a small island 7.4 km (4 nmi) west of Gibbs Island in the South Shetland Islands of Antarctica. The name dates back to at least 1821.

Moonlight Point (61°27′S 55°56′W / 61.450°S 55.933°W / -61.450; -55.933) is the northwest point of Aspland Island. It was so named by a Joint Services Expedition to the Elephant Island Group (JSEEIG) party canoeing from O'Brien Island to Aspland Island on January 3, 1977, because the point appeared silhouetted against a full moon. The name was approved by the UK Antarctic Place-Names Committee in 1980.[1]


The island forms part of the Aspland Island and Eadie Island Important Bird Area, identified as such by BirdLife International because both islands support large colonies of chinstrap penguins.[2]

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  1. ^ "Moonlight Point". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey. Retrieved 2013-11-04. 
  2. ^ "Aspland Island and Eadie Island". BirdLife data zone: Important Bird Areas. BirdLife International. 2012. Archived from the original on 2007-07-10. Retrieved 2012-12-08. 

 This article incorporates public domain material from the United States Geological Survey document "Aspland Island" (content from the Geographic Names Information System).