Atka Iceport

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Coordinates: 70°35′S 7°51′W / 70.583°S 7.850°W / -70.583; -7.850

Icebreaker RV Polarstern in Atka Bay, serving Germany's Neumayer-Station III

Atka Iceport, also known as Atka Bay, is an iceport about 10 miles (16 km) long and wide, marking a more-or-less permanent indentation in the front of the Ekstrom Ice Shelf on the coast of Queen Maud Land.


Atka Bay is the site of Germany's Neumayer-Station III.

Discovery and naming[edit]

Atka Iceport was mapped in detail by Norwegian cartographers from surveys and air photographs taken by the Norwegian-British-Swedish Antarctic Expedition (1949-1952), led by John Schjelderup Giæver. It was named by personnel of the USS Atka, under U.S. Navy Commander Glen Jacobsen, which moored here in February 1955 while investigating possible base sites for International Geophysical Year operations.[1]

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