Pottinger Point

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Pottinger Point is a low-lying, ice-free promontory 4 km (2.5 mi) east of Round Point, about 500 m long, on the north coast of King George Island in the South Shetland Islands of Antarctica. It was named by the United Kingdom Antarctic Place-Names Committee (UK-APC) in 1960 for Captain Pottinger, Master of the Tartar from London, who visited the South Shetland Islands in 1821-22.

Important Bird Area[edit]

The point has been identified as an Important Bird Area (IBA) by BirdLife International because it supports a breeding colony of over 55,000 pairs of chinstrap penguins, one of the largest in the South Shetlands.[1]


  1. ^ "Pottinger Point, King George Island". BirdLife data zone: Important Bird Areas. BirdLife International. 2013. Retrieved 2013-01-15. 

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

Coordinates: 61°56′S 58°24′W / 61.933°S 58.400°W / -61.933; -58.400