Pensacola Mountains

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Pensacola Mountains
Pensacola Mountains.jpg
Highest point
PeakEngland Peak[1]
Elevation2,150 m (7,050 ft)
Coordinates82°37′S 52°49′W / 82.617°S 52.817°W / -82.617; -52.817Coordinates: 82°37′S 52°49′W / 82.617°S 52.817°W / -82.617; -52.817
Length450 km (280 mi)
Area86,850 km2 (33,530 sq mi)
Pensacola Mountains is located in Antarctica
Pensacola Mountains
Location in Antarctica
RegionQueen Elizabeth Land
Range coordinates84°2′S 61°22′W / 84.033°S 61.367°W / -84.033; -61.367
Parent rangeTransantarctic Mountains

The Pensacola Mountains are a large group of mountain ranges of the Transantarctic Mountains System, located in the Queen Elizabeth Land region of Antarctica.


They extend 450 km (280 mi) in a NE-SW direction. Subranges of the Pensacola Mountains include: Argentina Range, Forrestal Range, Dufek Massif, Cordiner Peaks, Neptune Range, Patuxent Range, Rambo Nunataks and Pecora Escarpment. These mountain units lie astride the extensive Foundation Ice Stream and Support Force Glacier which drain northward to the Ronne Ice Shelf.[2]


Discovered and photographed on January 13, 1956 in the course of a transcontinental nonstop plane flight by personnel of US Navy Operation Deep Freeze I from McMurdo Sound to Weddell Sea and return. Named by US-ACAN for the U.S. Naval Air Station, Pensacola, Florida, in commemoration of the historic role of that establishment in training aviators of the U.S. Navy. The mountains were mapped in detail by USGS from surveys and US Navy air photos, 1956-67.[2]


The Pensacola Mountains were originally continuous with the Ventana Mountains near Bahía Blanca in Argentina, Cape Fold Belt in South Africa, the Ellsworth Mountains (West Antarctica) and the Hunter-Bowen orogeny in eastern Australia.


Georgraphical features include:

Neptune Range[edit]

Williams Hills[edit]

Schmidt Hills[edit]

Other features[edit]

Forrestal Range[edit]

Patuxent Range[edit]

Anderson Hills[edit]

Thomas Hills[edit]

Other features[edit]

Argentina Range[edit]

Schneider Hills[edit]

Panzarini Hills[edit]

Other features[edit]

Cordiner Peaks[edit]

Rambo Nunataks[edit]

Pecora Escarpment[edit]

Dufek Massif[edit]

Boyd Escarpment[edit]

Other features[edit]

Other Pensacola Mountains features[edit]


  1. ^ "Pensacola Mountains". Peakbagger. Retrieved 23 May 2017.
  2. ^ a b "Pensacola Mountains". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey. Retrieved 2004-11-03.