Fredriksen Island

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Fredriksen Island is an island 5 km (3.1 mi) long and 1 km (0.62 mi) wide, lying 1 km south-east of Powell Island in the South Orkney Islands of Antarctica. It was discovered by Captains Nathaniel Palmer and George Powell in the course of their joint cruise in December 1821. It was named by Norwegian whaling captain Petter Sorlle, who made a running survey of the island in the 1912–13 summer.[1]

Important Bird Area[edit]

The island lies within an Antarctic Specially Protected Area (ASPA 111). It is also part of the Southern Powell Island and adjacent islands Important Bird Area (IBA), identified as such by BirdLife International because it supports significant seabird breeding colonies.[2]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Fredriksen Island". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey. Retrieved 2012-04-09. 
  2. ^ "Southern Powell Island and adjacent islands". BirdLife data zone: Important Bird Areas. BirdLife International. 2013. Retrieved 2013-01-19. 

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

Coordinates: 60°44′S 44°59′W / 60.733°S 44.983°W / -60.733; -44.983