Queen Maud Mountains

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Queen Maud Mountains
Black and white grainy photo of a gentle slope with lots of snow
Photo of Mount Fridtjof Nansen in the Queen Maud Mountains taken by Roald Admundsen
Highest point
PeakMount Kaplan[1]
Elevation4,230 m (13,880 ft)
Coordinates85°45′S 152°7′W / 85.750°S 152.117°W / -85.750; -152.117Coordinates: 85°45′S 152°7′W / 85.750°S 152.117°W / -85.750; -152.117
Queen Maud Mountains is located in Antarctica
Queen Maud Mountains
Queen Maud Mountains
Location of Queen Maud mountains in Antarctica

The Queen Maud Mountains are a major group of mountains, ranges and subordinate features of the Transantarctic Mountains, lying between the Beardmore and Reedy Glaciers and including the area from the head of the Ross Ice Shelf to the Antarctic Plateau in Antarctica. Captain Roald Amundsen and his South Pole party ascended Axel Heiberg Glacier near the central part of this group in November 1911, naming these mountains for the Norwegian queen Maud of Wales.[2] Despite the name, they are not located within Queen Maud Land.

Elevations bordering the Beardmore Glacier, at the western extremity of these mountains, were observed by the British expeditions led by Ernest Shackleton (1907–09) and Robert Falcon Scott (1910-13), but the mountains as a whole were mapped by several American expeditions led by Richard Evelyn Byrd (1930s and 1940s), and United States Antarctic Program (USARP) and New Zealand Antarctic Research Program (NZARP) expeditions from the 1950s through the 1970s.[2]


Geographical features include:

Barton Mountains[edit]

Bush Mountains[edit]

Commonwealth Range[edit]

Dominion Range[edit]

Gothic Mountains[edit]

Grosvenor Mountains[edit]

Hays Mountains[edit]

Herbert Range[edit]

Hughes Range[edit]

La Gorce Mountains[edit]

Prince Olav Mountains[edit]

Quarles Range[edit]

Rawson Mountains[edit]

Supporters Range[edit]

Tapley Mountains[edit]

Other features[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Queen Maud Mountains". Peakbagger. Retrieved 25 May 2017.
  2. ^ a b "Queen Maud Mountains". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey. Retrieved 2004-11-03.