Peterson Island

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Peterson Island
Peterson Island is located in Antarctica
Peterson Island
Peterson Island
Location in Antarctica
Location Antarctica
Coordinates 66°28′S 110°30′E / 66.467°S 110.500°E / -66.467; 110.500Coordinates: 66°28′S 110°30′E / 66.467°S 110.500°E / -66.467; 110.500
Archipelago Windmill Islands
Administered under the Antarctic Treaty System
Population Uninhabited

Peterson Island is an Antarctic rocky island, 3.7 kilometres (2 nmi) long, with two inlets indenting the north side, lying immediately west of Browning Peninsula in the south part of the Windmill Islands. It was first mapped from air photos taken by USN Operation Highjump and Operation Windmill in 1947 and 1948. It was named by the US-ACAN for Lt. Mendel L. Peterson, USN, supply officer with Operation Windmill which established astronomical control stations in the area in January 1948.

Benlein Point[edit]

Benlein Point is the southernmost point of the island. It was named by the US-ACAN for Construction Man Franklin J. Benlein, USN, a member of the Wilkes Station party of 1958.

Mackemer Point[edit]

Mackemer Point is the northwesternmost point of Peterson Island. It was named by the US-ACAN for Aerographer's Mate Frederick W. Mackemer, USN, another member of the Wilkes Station party of 1958.

Knowles Passage[edit]

Knowles Passage separates Holl Island from Peterson Island. It was named by US-ACAN for Lt. Lloyd C. Knowles, USN, engineer officer of the USS Burton Island, who took part in survey and photographic operations in January 1948.

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