Gauss Peninsula

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Gauss Peninsula
Gauss Halvø
Gauss Peninsula is located in Greenland
Gauss Peninsula
Location
Geography
Location East Greenland
Coordinates 73°30′N 23°10′W / 73.500°N 23.167°W / 73.500; -23.167Coordinates: 73°30′N 23°10′W / 73.500°N 23.167°W / 73.500; -23.167
Adjacent bodies of water
Length 80 km
Width 30 km
Highest elevation 609 m (1,998 ft)
Administration
Greenland (Denmark)
Zone NE Greenland National Park
Demographics
Population Uninhabited

Gauss Peninsula (Danish: Gauss Halvø) is a peninsula in eastern Greenland. Administratively this peninsula is part of the Northeast Greenland National Park zone.

Geography[edit]

The Gauss Peninsula is located between the Muskox Fjord (Moskusokse Fjord) and Kaiser Franz Joseph Fjord with the Nordfjord at its western end and the Foster Bay of the Greenland Sea shore on its southeastern side.[1]

The Giesecke Range (Giesecke Bjerge) is located in the eastern part of the peninsula and Hold with Hope peninsula is located further to the east, beyond the Badland Valley (Badlanddal).[2]

Map of Northeastern Greenland.

History[edit]

The second German North Polar Expedition 1869–70 originally gave the name Cap Gauss to a point on the south side of this peninsula, but A.G. Nathorst’s 1899 expedition was unable to determine the position because of the rounding of the coast and applied the name Gauss Halfö to the peninsula as a whole. It is named after German mathematician Carl Friedrich Gauss.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Gauss Halvø". Mapcarta. Retrieved 20 April 2016. 
  2. ^ "Catalogue of place names in northern East Greenland" (PDF). Geological Survey of Denmark. Retrieved 18 June 2016. 

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