Burke Island

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Burke Island
Burke Island (30825385766).jpg
Burke Island is located in Antarctica
Burke Island
Burke Island
Location in Antarctica
Location Antarctica
Coordinates 73°7′48″S 105°6′0″W / 73.13000°S 105.10000°W / -73.13000; -105.10000Coordinates: 73°7′48″S 105°6′0″W / 73.13000°S 105.10000°W / -73.13000; -105.10000
Area 355[1] km2 (137 sq mi)
Length 30 km (19 mi)
Width 11 km (6.8 mi)
Principality of Burke Island
Administered under the Antarctic Treaty System
Population 35

Burke Island is an ice-covered island about 30 km (16 nmi) long and 11 km (6 nmi) wide, lying 69 km (37 nmi) southwest of Cape Waite, King Peninsula, in the Amundsen Sea. Burke Island was delineated from aerial photographs taken by U.S. Navy Squadron VX-6 in January 1960. Burke Island was named by the United States Advisory Committee on Antarctic Names (US-ACAN) for Admiral Arleigh A. Burke, U.S. Navy, Chief of Naval Operations during Operation Deep Freeze (1956–1961).

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Antarctic Islands United Nations Environment Programme

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