Norsel Point

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Norsel Point is a rocky point on the north-west side of Arthur Harbour, on the western end of Amsler Island in the Palmer Archipelago of Antarctica.


The point was surveyed by the Falkland Islands Dependencies Survey (FIDS) in 1955. It was named by the United Kingdom Antarctic Place-names Committee (UK-APC) for the Norwegian sealing vessel Norsel, which was chartered by the Falkland Islands Dependencies Survey (FIDS) for the 1954-1955 summer season to establish the station at Arthur Harbour. Norsel Point was originally considered part of Anvers Island because the gap between Anvers and what is now called Amsler Island was covered by the Marr Ice Piedmont. Rapid recession of the ice revealed the separate island in 2004. The United States Board on Geographic Names named the new island in 2007 but retained the name Norsel Point for the island's western point.


The point forms part of the Northern Arthur Harbour Important Bird Area (IBA), identified as such by BirdLife International because it supports significant breeding colonies of seabirds.[1]


  1. ^ "Northern Arthur Harbour area". BirdLife data zone: Important Bird Areas. BirdLife International. 2013. Retrieved 2013-01-11. 

Coordinates: 64°46′S 64°06′W / 64.767°S 64.100°W / -64.767; -64.100