Mount Takahe

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Mount Takahe
Aerial view of Mt. Takahe from the west.
Highest point
Elevation 3,460 m (11,350 ft) [1][2]
Prominence 2,144 m (7,034 ft) [1][2]
Listing Ultra
Coordinates 76°17′S 112°05′W / 76.283°S 112.083°W / -76.283; -112.083Coordinates: 76°17′S 112°05′W / 76.283°S 112.083°W / -76.283; -112.083[1][2]
Mount Takahe is located in Antarctica
Mount Takahe
Mount Takahe
Location Marie Byrd Land, Antarctica
Mountain type Shield volcano
Last eruption 5550 BCE (?)

Mount Takahe is a large, snow-covered shield volcano standing 64 km SE of Toney Mountain in Marie Byrd Land, Antarctica. It is roughly circular, about 29 km across, and has a caldera up to 8 km wide. At 780 cubic km, it is a massive volcano. The volcano may have last erupted during the Holocene, and thus it is probably a potentially active volcano.

Takahe was probably among those viewed from a distance by Admiral Byrd and other members of the USAS in plane flights from the ship Bear on Feb. 24 and 25, 1940. It was visited in December 1957 by members of the Marie Byrd Land Traverse Party, 1957–58, who applied the name. "Takahe," the Māori name for a flightless, almost extinct New Zealand bird, is the nickname of the U.S. Navy LC-47 aircraft whose crew resupplied the traverse party near this mountain and assisted by providing aerial reconnaissance to locate passable routes.[3]

Topographic map of Mount Takahe (1:250,000 scale).

Gill Bluff[edit]

Gill Bluff (76°14′S 112°33′W / 76.233°S 112.550°W / -76.233; -112.550) is a rock bluff on the northwest side of Mount Takahe, in Marie Byrd Land. Mapped by United States Geological Survey (USGS) from ground surveys and U.S. Navy air photos, 1959–66. Named by Advisory Committee on Antarctic Names (US-ACAN) for Allan Gill, aurora researcher at Byrd Station in 1963.[4]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c "Antarctica Ultra-Prominences" Retrieved 2011-12-24.
  2. ^ a b c "Mount Takahe, Antarctica" Retrieved 2011-12-24.
  3. ^ "Mount Takahe". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey. Retrieved 2009-07-06. 
  4. ^ "Gill Bluff". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey. Retrieved 2009-07-06.