Balsha Island

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Balsha Island
Location of Varna Peninsula on Livingston Island in the South Shetland Islands
Balsha Island is located in Antarctica
Balsha Island
Balsha Island
Location in Antarctica
Location Antarctica
Coordinates 62°28′24″S 60°11′35″W / 62.47333°S 60.19306°W / -62.47333; -60.19306Coordinates: 62°28′24″S 60°11′35″W / 62.47333°S 60.19306°W / -62.47333; -60.19306
Archipelago Dunbar 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
Population Uninhabited
Topographic map of Livingston Island, Greenwich, Robert, Snow and Smith Islands.

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).[1] The area was visited by early 19th century sealers.

The island is named after the settlement of Balsha in western Bulgaria.


Balsha Island is located at 62°28′24″S 60°11′35″W / 62.47333°S 60.19306°W / -62.47333; -60.19306. Bulgarian topographic survey by Tangra 2004/05 expedition. British mapping in 1968, Chilean in 1971, Argentine in 1980, Bulgarian in 2005 and 2009.

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  1. ^ a b 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

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