Murray Monolith

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Murray Monolith is a detached part of Torlyn Mountain in Mac.Robertson Land, Antarctica. It was discovered during the British Australian New Zealand Antarctic Research Expedition (BANZARE), led by Mawson, 1929–1931, and named after Sir George Murray, Chancellor of the University of Adelaide and a patron of the expedition.[1]


As one of the very few pieces of exposed rock on the East Antarctic coast, together with the Scullin Monolith 6 km to the west, it holds the greatest concentration of seabird breeding colonies in East Antarctica, including 160,000 pairs of Antarctic petrels, and 70,000 pairs of Adelie penguins.[2] Both monolitha are protected under the Antarctic Treaty System as Antarctic Specially Protected Area (ASPA) No.164.[3]


  1. ^ Murray Monolith
  2. ^ Management Plan for Antarctic Specially Protected Area No. 164
  3. ^ "Scullin and Murray Monoliths, Mac.Robertson Land, East Antarctica" (PDF). Management Plan for Antarctic Specially Protected Area No. 164: Measure 2, Annex N. Antarctic Treaty Secretariat. 2005. Retrieved 2013-01-24.

Coordinates: 67°47′S 66°53′E / 67.783°S 66.883°E / -67.783; 66.883