Location of Varna Peninsula on Livingston Island in the South Shetland Islands
South Shetland Islands
|Area||0.17 km2 (0.066 sq mi)
|Length||0.6 km (0.37 mi)|
|Width||0.3 km (0.19 mi)|
|Administered under the Antarctic Treaty System|
Balsha Island (Bulgarian: остров Балша, ‘Ostrov Balsha’ \'os-trov 'bal-sha\) is an ice-free island in the Dunbar group off the northwest coast of Varna Peninsula, Livingston Island in the South Shetland Islands, Antarctica. It is situated 1.5 km (0.93 mi) northwest of Slab Point and 2.8 km (1.7 mi) north of Kotis Point. Extending 600 by 300 m (660 by 330 yd), surface area 17 hectares (42 acres). The area was visited by early 19th century sealers.
Balsha Island is located at Tangra 2004/05 expedition. British mapping in 1968, Chilean in 1971, Argentine in 1980, Bulgarian in 2005 and 2009.. Bulgarian topographic survey by
- Composite Gazetteer of Antarctica.
- List of Antarctic islands south of 60° S
- Territorial claims in Antarctica
- L.L. Ivanov. Antarctica: Livingston Island and Greenwich, Robert, Snow and Smith Islands. Archived April 24, 2008, at the Wayback Machine. Scale 1:120000 topographic map. Troyan: Manfred Wörner Foundation, 2009. ISBN 978-954-92032-6-4
- Balsha Island. SCAR Composite Gazetteer of Antarctica.
- Bulgarian Antarctic Gazetteer. Antarctic Place-names Commission. (details in Bulgarian, basic data in English)
This article includes information from the Antarctic Place-names Commission of Bulgaria which is used with permission.
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