Bilyana Island

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Bilyana Island
Location of Bilyana Island in the South Shetland Islands
Bilyana Island is located in Antarctic Peninsula
Bilyana Island
Bilyana Island
Location of Bilyana Island
Bilyana Island is located in Antarctica
Bilyana Island
Bilyana Island
Bilyana Island (Antarctica)
Coordinates62°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
ArchipelagoAitcho group
Area10 ha (25 acres)
Length450 m (1,480 ft)
Width900 m (3,000 ft)
Administered under the Antarctic Treaty System
Topographic map of Livingston Island, Greenwich, Robert, Snow and Smith Islands.

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.