Balkan Snowfield

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Location of Livingston Island in the South Shetland Islands.
Balkan Snowfield from near Willan Nunatak, with Burdick Ridge in the background.
Topographic map of central-eastern Livingston Island featuring Balkan Snowfield.
Topographic map of Livingston Island and Smith Island.

Balkan Snowfield (Plato Balkan \'pla-to bal-'kan\) is an ice-covered plateau of elevation ranging from 150 to 280 m in eastern Livingston Island in the South Shetland Islands, Antarctica, situated south of lower Perunika Glacier, northwest of Huntress Glacier and north of Contell Glacier. It is 3 km long in southwest-northeast direction and 2 km wide, and bounded by Burdick Ridge to the east, Willan Nunatak and Castillo Nunatak to the southeast, and Krum Rock to the southwest. The feature slopes gently northwestwards with its foot bounded by the hills along Bulgarian Beach. It is named after the Balkans.


The midpoint of the snowfield is located at 62°38′36″S 60°19′18″W / 62.64333°S 60.32167°W / -62.64333; -60.32167Coordinates: 62°38′36″S 60°19′18″W / 62.64333°S 60.32167°W / -62.64333; -60.32167. Detailed mapping by the Spanish Servicio Geográfico del Ejército in 1991, and Bulgarian mapping in 1996, 2004 and 2009.

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This article includes information from the Antarctic Place-names Commission of Bulgaria which is used with permission.