Megalestris Hill

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Megalestris Hill is a rocky hill, 35 m (115 ft) high, in the south part of Petermann Island in the Wilhelm Archipelago, Antarctica. It was first charted and named in the course of the fourth French Antarctic expedition (1908–10) under Jean-Baptiste Charcot. Megalestris is an obsolete generic name for the south polar skua.[1]

Historic site[edit]

A cairn with a lead plaque was erected on the hill in 1909. The original plaque has since been removed and is kept in the Museum National d’Histoire Naturelle in Paris, but the cairn, with a replica plaque, has been designated a Historic Site or Monument (HSM 27), following a proposal by Argentina, France and the United Kingdom to the Antarctic Treaty Consultative Meeting.[2]


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

Coordinates: 65°11′S 64°10′W / 65.183°S 64.167°W / -65.183; -64.167