Snow Island (South Shetland Islands)

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Snow Island
Topographic map of Livingston Island, Greenwich, Robert, Snow and Smith Islands
Snow Island is located in Antarctic Peninsula
Snow Island
Snow Island
Location of Snow Island
Snow Island is located in Antarctica
Snow Island
Snow Island
Location of Snow Island
Location Antarctica
Coordinates 62°47′S 61°23′W / 62.783°S 61.383°W / -62.783; -61.383Coordinates: 62°47′S 61°23′W / 62.783°S 61.383°W / -62.783; -61.383
Archipelago South Shetland Islands
Area 120.4 km2 (46.5 sq mi)
Length 16 km (9.9 mi)
Width 8 km (5 mi)
Administered under the Antarctic Treaty System
Population Uninhabited

Snow Island or Isla Nevada is a completely ice-covered island, 16 by 8 kilometres (9.9 by 5.0 mi) in size, lying 6 kilometres (3.7 mi) southwest of Livingston Island in the South Shetland Islands. Surface area 120.4 square kilometres (46.5 sq mi).[1] This island was known to both American and British sealers as early as 1820, and the name has been well established in international usage for over 100 years. Snow Island is also home to the northernmost breeding colony of Emperor penguins.


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  1. ^ L.L. Ivanov. Antarctica: Livingston Island and Greenwich, Robert, Snow and Smith Islands. Scale 1:120000 topographic map. Troyan: Manfred Wörner Foundation, 2009. ISBN 978-954-92032-6-4

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