Olson Island

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Olson Island
Olson Island is located in Antarctica
Olson Island
Olson Island
Location in Antarctica
Coordinates77°14′S 153°17′W / 77.233°S 153.283°W / -77.233; -153.283Coordinates: 77°14′S 153°17′W / 77.233°S 153.283°W / -77.233; -153.283
Administered under the Antarctic Treaty System

Olson Island is the largest and northernmost of the ice-covered White Islands, in southern Sulzberger Bay. The feature is rudely delineated on the map of the Byrd Antarctic Expedition, 1928–30, and is indicated as "low ice cliffs" that rise above the ice shelf in this part of the bay. It was mapped in detail by the United States Geological Survey (USGS) from surveys and U.S. Navy air photos, 1959–65. It was named for Michael L. Olson, United States Antarctic Research Program (USARP) ionospheric physicist at Byrd Station, winter party 1968, and a member of the Plateau Station summer party, 1968–69.

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