Esperanto Island

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Esperanto Island
Zed Islands from Miziya Peak; Esperanto Island is the leftmost one.
Location of Varna Peninsula on Livingston Island in the South Shetland Islands.
Location Antarctica
Coordinates 62°25′43″S 60°10′23″W / 62.42861°S 60.17306°W / -62.42861; -60.17306Coordinates: 62°25′43″S 60°10′23″W / 62.42861°S 60.17306°W / -62.42861; -60.17306
Archipelago South Shetland Islands
Area 56 ha (140 acres)
Length 0.95 km (0.59 mi)
Width 0.9 km (0.56 mi)
Highest elevation 290 m (950 ft)
Population Uninhabited
Additional information
Administered under the Antarctic Treaty System
Topographic map of Livingston Island, Greenwich, Robert, Snow and Smith Islands.

Esperanto Island is the largest and northwesternmost island in the Zed group off the north coast of Varna Peninsula on Livingston Island in the South Shetland Islands, Antarctica. The island is ice-free, rocky, rising to 290 m (951 ft) and extending 950 by 900 m (1,040 by 980 yd), with surface area 56 hectares (140 acres).[1] Situated 70 m (77 yd) to the northwest of the neighbouring Phanagoria Island, and 2.7 km (1.7 mi) northwest of Williams Point on Livingston Island. The area was visited by early 19th century sealers.

The island is named after the constructed international language Esperanto.


Esperanto Island is located at 62°25′43″S 60°10′23″W / 62.42861°S 60.17306°W / -62.42861; -60.17306. British mapping in 1968, Chilean in 1971, Argentine in 1980, Bulgarian in 2005 and 2009.

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  1. ^ L.L. Ivanov. Antarctica: Livingston Island and Greenwich, Robert, Snow and Smith Islands. Scale 1:120000 topographic map. Troyan: Manfred Wörner Foundation, 2009. ISBN 978-954-92032-6-4

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This article includes information from the Antarctic Place-names Commission of Bulgaria which is used with permission.