Cook Island, South Sandwich Islands

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Cook Island, South Sandwich Islands
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South Sandwich Islands
Location of Cook Island
Coordinates59°27′S 027°10′W / 59.450°S 27.167°W / -59.450; -27.167
ArchipelagoSouth Sandwich Islands
Length6 km (3.7 mi)
Width3 km (1.9 mi)
Highest elevation1,115 m (3,658 ft)
Highest pointMount Harmer
United Kingdom

Cook Island is the central and largest island of Southern Thule, part of the South Sandwich Islands in the far south Atlantic Ocean. Southern Thule was discovered by a British expedition under Captain James Cook in 1775. The island was named for Cook by a Russian expedition under Bellingshausen, which explored the South Sandwich Islands in 1819–1820.

Cook Island measures about 6 by 3 km (3.7 by 1.9 mi) wide. It is heavily glaciated and uninhabited. Its highest peak, Mount Harmer, rises to 1,115 m (3,658 ft).

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  • W. E. LeMasurier; J. W. Thomson, eds. (1990). Volcanoes of the Antarctic Plate and Southern Oceans. American Geophysical Union. ISBN 0-87590-172-7.