Gourdin Island

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Gourdin Island
Gourdin Island is located in Antarctica
Gourdin Island
Gourdin Island
Location in Antarctica
Location Antarctica
Coordinates 63°12′S 57°18′W / 63.200°S 57.300°W / -63.200; -57.300Coordinates: 63°12′S 57°18′W / 63.200°S 57.300°W / -63.200; -57.300
Administered under the Antarctic Treaty System
Population Uninhabited

Gourdin Island is the largest island (124 ha) in a group of islands and rocks 2 km (1 nmi) north of Prime Head, the northern tip of the Antarctic Peninsula. It was discovered by a French expedition, 1837–40, under Captain Jules Dumont d'Urville, and named by him for Ensign Jean Gourdin of the expedition ship Astrolabe. The island was reidentified and charted by the Falkland Islands Dependencies Survey in 1945–47.[1][2]

Important Bird Area[edit]

The island has been identified as an Important Bird Area (IBA) by BirdLife International because it supports a large breeding colony of about 14,000 pairs of Adélie penguins, as well as over 550 pairs of gentoo penguins.[3]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Gourdin Island". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey. Retrieved 2012-05-02. 
  2. ^ Alberts, Fred G., ed. (June 1995). Geographic Names of the Antarctic (PDF) (second ed.). United States Board on Geographic Names. p. 288. Retrieved 2012-04-05. 
  3. ^ "Gourdin Island". BirdLife data zone: Important Bird Areas. BirdLife International. 2013. Retrieved 2013-01-01. 

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