Mount Murphy

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Mount Murphy
Mt Murphy, Antarctica.jpg
Aerial view of Mt. Murphy
Highest point
Elevation 2,705 m (8,875 ft) [1]
Prominence 2,055 m (6,742 ft) [1]
Listing Ultra
Coordinates 75°20′S 110°44′W / 75.333°S 110.733°W / -75.333; -110.733Coordinates: 75°20′S 110°44′W / 75.333°S 110.733°W / -75.333; -110.733
Mount Murphy is located in Antarctica
Mount Murphy
Mount Murphy
Location Marie Byrd Land, Antarctica
Age of rock Unknown
Mountain type Shield volcano
Last eruption Pleistocene[2]

Mount Murphy is a massive, snow-covered and highly eroded shield volcano with steep, rocky slopes. It is directly south of Bear Peninsula, Marie Byrd Land, Antarctica. The mountain is bounded by the Smith, Pope and Haynes Glaciers.

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

Delineated from aerial photographs taken by US Navy Operation Highjump in January 1947. Named by US-ACAN for Robert Cushman Murphy of the American Museum of Natural History, noted authority on Antarctic and sub-Antarctic bird life. While serving on the whaler, he charted the Bay of Isles region of South Georgia.


Bucher Peak (75°20′S 110°52′W / 75.333°S 110.867°W / -75.333; -110.867) at 2,445 metres (8,020 ft), is one of the highest peaks in the west-central summit area of the Mount Murphy massif. Buettner Peak is a sharp peak rising midway along the north wall of Roos Glacier in the northwest part of the Mount Murphy massif

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  1. ^ a b c "Antarctica Ultra-Prominences" Retrieved 2012-09-07.
  2. ^ "Murphy". Global Volcanism Program. Smithsonian Institution. Retrieved 2016-04-27. 


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