Gjelsvik Mountains

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Gjelsvik Mountains
Gjelsvik Mountains is located in Antarctica
Gjelsvik Mountains
Gjelsvik Mountains
Map depicting the location of the Gjelsvik Mountains in Queen Maud Land, Antarctica
Highest point
PeakRisemedet Mountain
Elevation8,875 ft (2,705 m)
Coordinates72°9′S 2°36′E / 72.150°S 2.600°E / -72.150; 2.600Coordinates: 72°9′S 2°36′E / 72.150°S 2.600°E / -72.150; 2.600
Native nameGjelsvikfjella
State/ProvinceQueen Maud Land, East Antarctica
Parent rangeFimbulheimen

The Gjelsvik Mountains are a group of mountains about 25 nautical miles (50 km) long, between the Sverdrup Mountains and the Mühlig-Hofmann Mountains in Queen Maud Land, East Antarctica.[1] With its summit at 2,705 metres (8,875 ft), the massive Risemedet Mountain forms the highest point in these mountains, also marking their eastern end.

Discovery and naming[edit]

The Gjelsvik Mountains were first photographed from the air and roughly plotted by the Third German Antarctic Expedition (1938–39). They were mapped in detail by Norwegian cartographers from surveys and air photos by the Norwegian–British–Swedish Antarctic Expedition (1949–52) and from air photos by the Norwegian expedition (1958–59). They were named for Tore Gjelsvik, Director of the Norwegian Polar Institute.[1]

Map depicting the territorial extent of Queen Maud Land

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b "Gjelsvik Mountains". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey. Retrieved 2012-04-23.

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