Dragon Beach

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Location of Varna Peninsula in the South Shetland Islands.

Dragon Beach (62°28′S 60°8′W / 62.467°S 60.133°W / -62.467; -60.133Coordinates: 62°28′S 60°8′W / 62.467°S 60.133°W / -62.467; -60.133) is a broad gravel and bounder strewn area flanking Dragon Cove, and extending up to about 10 metres (33 ft) above sea level on Varna Peninsula, Livingston Island in Antarctica. To the north it ascends to the Williams Point platform, to the south it is bounded by an ice ramp, and rises to the west onto the flank of Gargoyle Bastion. The feature is a major source of petrified wood, which is abundantly strewn over this area and has been exposed by weathering from an underlying, poorly exposed volcanic ignimbrite deposit. It was named by the UK Antarctic Place-Names Committee in 1998 in association with Dragon Cove.[1]

Dragon Cove itself was named following air photography by the Falkland Islands and Dependencies Aerial Survey Expedition and ground survey by the Falkland Islands Dependencies Survey, 1956–58, after the brig Dragon (Captain A. McFarlane) of Liverpool, which visited the South Shetland Islands and north Graham Land, 1820–21.



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