Bates Island

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Bates Island
Bates Island is located in Antarctica
Bates Island
Bates Island
Location in Antarctica
Location Antarctica
Coordinates 65°49′S 65°38′W / 65.817°S 65.633°W / -65.817; -65.633Coordinates: 65°49′S 65°38′W / 65.817°S 65.633°W / -65.817; -65.633
Administered under the Antarctic Treaty System
Population Uninhabited

Bates Island is a narrow island 5 km (3.1 mi) long lying east of Jurva Point, Renaud Island, in the Biscoe Islands of Antarctica. It was first accurately shown on an Argentine government chart of 1957, and was named by the UK Antarctic Place-Names Committee in 1959 for Charles C. Bates, an American oceanographer who has specialised in sea ice studies.[1]

Important Bird Area[edit]

A circular 500 ha tract of land and sea, centred on an islet lying about 700 m to the south of Bates, has been identified as an Important Bird Area (IBA) by BirdLife International because it supports a breeding colony of imperial shags, with about 150 pairs recorded there in 1986.[2]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Bates Island". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey. Retrieved 2011-05-20. 
  2. ^ "Islet south of Bates Island". BirdLife data zone: Important Bird Areas. BirdLife International. 2013. Archived from the original on 2007-07-10. Retrieved 2013-01-09. 

 This article incorporates public domain material from the United States Geological Survey document "Bates Island" (content from the Geographic Names Information System).