Siple Island

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Siple is located in Antarctica
Location of Siple Island
Location Antarctica
Coordinates 73°51′S 125°50′W / 73.850°S 125.833°W / -73.850; -125.833Coordinates: 73°51′S 125°50′W / 73.850°S 125.833°W / -73.850; -125.833
Area 6,390 km2 (2,470 sq mi)
Area rank 100th
Length 110 km (68 mi)
Highest elevation 3,110 m (10,200 ft)
Highest point Mount Siple
Administered under the Antarctic Treaty System
Population Uninhabited

Siple Island is a 110 km (68 mi) long snow-covered island lying east of Wrigley Gulf along the Getz Ice Shelf off Bakutis Coast of Marie Byrd Land, Antarctica. Its centre is located at 73°51′S 125°50′W / 73.850°S 125.833°W / -73.850; -125.833.

Its area is 6,390 km2 (2,467 sq mi) and it is dominated by the dormant shield volcano Mount Siple, rising to 3,110 m (10,203 ft) – making this the 15th ranking island in the world by maximum elevation.

Island and mountain were named by the United States Advisory Committee on Antarctic Names (US-ACAN) in 1967 in honour of the Antarctic explorer Paul A. Siple (1909–1968), member of Admiral Byrd's expeditions.

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