Melnik Ridge

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Location of Livingston Island in the South Shetland Islands.
Melnik Ridge from Komini Peak, with Pirdop Gate in the foreground.
The survey route of Tangra 2004/05 including Melnik Ridge.
Topographic map of Livingston Island and Smith Island.

Melnik Ridge (Melnishki Hrebet \'mel-nish-ki 'hre-bet\) is a narrow ridge rising to 696 m in eastern Livingston Island in the South Shetland Islands, Antarctica bounded by Kaliakra Glacier to the north and west, and Struma Glacier to the south, and linked to Bowles Ridge by the 575 m high Yankov Gap. The ridge is 2.2 km long in the east-west direction, featuring Sliven Peak and Etropole Peak, with the summit Melnik Peak forming its west extremity. It has partly snow-free southern slopes. The ridge was first surveyed by Lyubomir Ivanov and Doychin Vasilev from Camp Academia on 28 December 2004, as part of Tangra 2004/05 topographic survey.[1]

Melnik is the name of a town in south-western Bulgaria.


The ridge midpoint is located at 62°36′05″S 60°08′30″W / 62.60139°S 60.14167°W / -62.60139; -60.14167Coordinates: 62°36′05″S 60°08′30″W / 62.60139°S 60.14167°W / -62.60139; -60.14167 (UK Directorate of Overseas Surveys mapping in 1968, Bulgarian mapping in 2005 and 2009 from topographic surveys in 1995/96 and 2004/05).



  1. ^ L.L. Ivanov, Livingston Island: Tangra Mountains, Komini Peak, west slope new rock route; Lyaskovets Peak, first ascent; Zograf Peak, first ascent; Vidin Heights, Melnik Peak, Melnik Ridge, first ascent, The American Alpine Journal, 2005, 312-315. ISSN 0065-6925


This article includes information from the Antarctic Place-names Commission of Bulgaria which is used with permission.