Chinstrap Cove

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Location of Clarence Island in the South Shetland Islands.

Chinstrap Cove is a cove 6 km (3.7 mi) north-east of Escarpada Point on the north-west coast of Clarence Island, South Shetland Islands, Antarctica entered northeast of Vaglen Point. The cove has been identified as an Important Bird Area (IBA) by BirdLife International because it supports a large breeding colony of about 20,000 pairs of chinstrap penguins, after which it was named by the UK Joint Services Expedition which visited the site in 1970-1971. The 74 ha IBA includes the ice-free area south of the cove, extending 2 km along the coast.[1][2]


  1. ^ "Chinstrap Cove, Clarence Island". BirdLife data zone: Important Bird Areas. BirdLife International. 2012. Archived from the original on 2007-07-10. Retrieved 2012-12-12. 
  2. ^ "Chinstrap Cove". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey. Retrieved 2011-11-09. 

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

Coordinates: 61°14′S 54°11′W / 61.233°S 54.183°W / -61.233; -54.183