Danger Islands

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Danger Islands
Danger Islands is located in Antarctica
Danger Islands
Danger Islands
Location in Antarctica
Coordinates63°25′S 54°40′W / 63.417°S 54.667°W / -63.417; -54.667Coordinates: 63°25′S 54°40′W / 63.417°S 54.667°W / -63.417; -54.667
Administered under the Antarctic Treaty System
The islands are an important breeding site for Adelie Penguins

The Danger Islands is a group of islands lying 24 km (13 nmi) east-south-east of Joinville Island near the tip of the Antarctic Peninsula. They were discovered on 28 December 1842 by a British expedition under James Clark Ross, who so named them because, appearing among heavy fragments of ice, they were almost completely concealed until the ship was nearly upon them.[1]

Use by birds[edit]

The Danger Islands have been identified as an "important bird area" by BirdLife International because it supports Adélie penguin colonies and seabirds.[2] 751,527 pairs of Adélie penguins (1.5 million individuals) have been recorded in at least five distinct colonies as of March 2018.[3][4][5][6]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Danger Islands". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey. Retrieved 2011-12-20.
  2. ^ "BirdLife Data Zone". BirdLife International. Retrieved 2018-03-04.
  3. ^ Borowicz, Alex; McDowall, Philip; Youngflesh, Casey; Sayre-McCord, Thomas; Clucas, Gemma; Herman, Rachael; Forrest, Steven; Rider, Melissa; Schwaller, Mathew (2018-03-02). "Multi-modal survey of Adélie penguin mega-colonies reveals the Danger Islands as a seabird hotspot". Scientific Reports. 8 (1): 3926. doi:10.1038/s41598-018-22313-w. ISSN 2045-2322. PMC 5834637. PMID 29500389.
  4. ^ May, Ashley (March 2, 2018). "NASA satellite images of poop lead researchers to penguin 'supercolony'". USA Today. Retrieved 2018-03-04.
  5. ^ BBC Newshour, March 2, 2018
  6. ^ Michael Le Page (Mar 10, 2018). "Secret penguins revealed by drones". New Scientist.

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