Atlas Cove

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Atlas Cove is a cove on the north coast of Heard Island in the southern Indian Ocean, and is entered between the base of Laurens Peninsula and Rogers Head.

It was named by American sealers after the schooner sealing fleet which landed at Heard Island in 1855.[1]

The name appears on a chart by the British expedition under Nares, which visited the island in the HMS Challenger in 1874 and utilized the names then in use by the sealers.[2]

From 1947 until 1955 Atlas Cove was the site of camps of visiting scientists.[3][4]

It was in 1969 again occupied by American scientists. The settlement was expanded in 1971 by French scientists.

Mapping was updated in 2000 [5]


  1. ^ Lazar, Estelle; McGowan, Angela (1987), Guidelines for the conservation of historic ANARE and sealing remains at Atlas Cove, Heard Island : a report to the Antarctic Division, Department of Science, s.n., retrieved 12 April 2013 
  2. ^ U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Atlas Cove
  3. ^ "What Mawson saw in the Antarctic". The Queenslander (Brisbane, Qld. : 1866 - 1939). Brisbane, Qld.: National Library of Australia. 3 July 1930. p. 42. Retrieved 12 April 2013. 
  4. ^ Australia. Bureau of Mineral Resources, Geology and Geophysics. Geophysical Section; Australia. Army. Royal Australian Survey Corps (1950), Sketch map of A.N.A.R.E. station area, Heard Island, Geophysical Section, Bureau of Mineral Resources, Geology and Geophysics, retrieved 12 April 2013 
  5. ^ Topographic Survey at Atlas Cove, Heard Island, November 2000, Australian Antarctic Data Centre, 1913, retrieved 12 April 2013 

Coordinates: 53°01′28″S 73°23′13″E / 53.024348°S 73.386810°E / -53.024348; 73.386810

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