Bilyana Island

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Bilyana Island
Topographic map of Livingston Island, Greenwich, Robert, Snow and Smith Islands
Location of Aitcho Islands in the South Shetland Islands
Coordinates 62°23′05″S 59°45′47″W / 62.38472°S 59.76306°W / -62.38472; -59.76306Coordinates: 62°23′05″S 59°45′47″W / 62.38472°S 59.76306°W / -62.38472; -59.76306
Archipelago Aitcho group
Area 10 ha (25 acres)
Length 450 m (1,480 ft)
Width 900 m (3,000 ft)
Administered under the Antarctic Treaty System

Bilyana Island (Bulgarian: остров Биляна, ‘Ostrov Bilyana’ \'os-trov bi-'lya-na\) is an ice-free island in the Aitcho group on the west side of English Strait in the South Shetland Islands, Antarctica. Extending 450 by 290 m (490 by 320 yd), surface area 10 hectares (25 acres).[1] The area was visited by early 19th century sealers.

The island’s name derives from Bilyana, a name from Bulgarian music folklore.[2]


The midpoint is located at 62°23′05″S 59°45′47″W / 62.38472°S 59.76306°W / -62.38472; -59.76306 and the island is lying 100 m (110 yd) south of Jorge Island, 1.9 km (1.2 mi) north-northwest of Barrientos Island and 1.45 km (0.90 mi) northeast of Emeline Island (Bulgarian mapping in 2009).

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  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)
  2. ^ Bilyana Island. SCAR Composite Antarctic Gazetteer.

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