Snow Island (South Shetland Islands)

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Snow Island
Byers Peninsula, Devils Point.jpg
Devils Point from Lucifer Crags, with Hell Gates and Vardim Rocks in the middle ground, Morton Strait and Snow Island in the background, and Smith Island seen on the horizon on the right
Topographic map of Livingston Island, Greenwich, Robert, Snow and Smith Islands
Snow Island is located in South Shetland Islands
Snow Island
Snow Island
Location in the South Shetland Islands
Snow Island is located in Antarctica
Snow Island
Snow Island
Location in Antarctica
Coordinates62°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
ArchipelagoSouth Shetland Islands
Area120.4 km2 (46.5 sq mi)
Length16 km (9.9 mi)
Width8 km (5 mi)
Administered under the Antarctic Treaty System

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.


Fragment of George Powell's 1822 chart of the South Shetland Islands and South Orkney Islands featuring Snow Island

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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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