Barrientos Island

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Barrientos Island
Barrientos Island from English Strait.
Location of Aitcho Islands in the South Shetland Islands.
Location Antarctica
Coordinates 62°24′22″S 59°44′53″W / 62.40611°S 59.74806°W / -62.40611; -59.74806Coordinates: 62°24′22″S 59°44′53″W / 62.40611°S 59.74806°W / -62.40611; -59.74806
Archipelago Aitcho group
Area 65 ha (160 acres)
Length 1.71 km (1.063 mi)
Width 0.54 km (0.336 mi)
Population Uninhabited
Additional information
Administered under the Antarctic Treaty System

Barrientos Island is an ice-free island in the Aitcho group on the west side of English Strait in the South Shetland Islands, Antarctica. Extending 1.71 by 0.54 km (1.063 by 0.336 mi), surface area 65 hectares (160 acres).[1] The area was visited by early 19th century sealers. Barrientos Island is a popular tourist site frequented by Antarctic cruise ships.

The feature was named by the Chilean Antarctic Expedition in 1949.


The west extremity of Barrientos Island, with Ongley Island in the background, and Crutch Peaks, Greenwich Island on the left.

The midpoint is located at 62°24′22″S 59°44′53″W / 62.40611°S 59.74806°W / -62.40611; -59.74806 and the island is lying 280 m (310 yd) northwest of Cecilia Island, 4 km (2.5 mi) north-northwest of Spark Point, Greenwich Island, 1.1 km (0.68 mi) northeast of Dee Island, 1.52 km (0.94 mi) east of Sierra Island, 900 m (980 yd) southeast of Pasarel Island, 1.9 km (1.2 mi) south-southeast of Bilyana Island and 3.6 km (2.2 mi) south-southwest of Fort William, Robert Island (British mapping in 1968, Chilean in 1971, Argentine in 1980, and Bulgarian in 2005 and 2009).

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Topographic map of Livingston Island, Greenwich, Robert, Snow and Smith Islands.


  1. ^ L.L. Ivanov. Antarctica: Livingston Island and Greenwich, Robert, Snow and Smith Islands. Scale 1:120000 topographic map. Troyan: Manfred Wörner Foundation, 2010. ISBN 978-954-92032-9-5 (First edition 2009. ISBN 978-954-92032-6-4)

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