Skelton Glacier

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Area map of Skelton glacier.

Skelton Glacier is a large glacier flowing from the polar plateau into the Ross Ice Shelf at Skelton Inlet on the Hillary Coast, south of Victoria Land, Antarctica.[1]

Discovery and naming[edit]

Royal Society Range is located in Antarctica
Royal Society Range
Royal Society Range
Map depicting the location of the Royal Society Range in Antarctica

Named after the Skelton Inlet by the New Zealand party of the CTAE, 1956-58. The glacier was chosen in 1957 as the New Zealand party's route from the Ross Ice Shelf to the polar plateau in support of the main expedition led by Vivian Fuchs to make the first overland crossing of the continent. Allison Glacier descends from the west slopes of Royal Society Range into Skelton Glacier.[2] It was also the route of the four month 2,400 kilometres (1,500 mi) Victoria Land Traverse 1959-1960 which ascended the Skelton Glacier from the Ross Ice Shelf to make the first entry into the deep interior of Victoria Land from the head of the Skelton Glacier to the French Adelie Land Traverse of 1958-1959 near Dumont d'Urville Station on George V Coast, and thence to the Transantarctic Mountains in the vicinity of the USARP Mountains.

See also[edit]

Coordinates: 78°41′37″S 161°38′33″E / 78.6935°S 161.6424°E / -78.6935; 161.6424


Further reading[edit]

1. Antarctica, by A.S.Helm and J.H.Miller. The story of the New Zealand Party of the Trans-Antarctic Expedition. 1964. R.E.Owen, Government Printer, Wellington, New Zealand. 2. "New Zealand and the Antarctic" by L.B.Quatermain. 1971. A. R. Shearer, Government Printer, Wellington, New Zealand.

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