Tartar Island

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Tartar Island is a small (13 ha), ice-free, oval-shaped island 0.6 km (0.37 mi) long, lying 0.7 km (0.43 mi) north-west of Round Point, off the north coast of King George Island in the South Shetland Islands of Antarctica. It was named by the United Kingdom Antarctic Place-Names Committee (UK-APC) in 1960 for the sealing vessel Tartar (Captain Pottinger) from London, which visited the South Shetland Islands in 1821-22.

Important Bird Area[edit]

The island has been designated an Important Bird Area (IBA) by BirdLife International because it supports a breeding colony of about 18,000 pairs of chinstrap penguins.[1]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Tartar Island, King George Island". BirdLife data zone: Important Bird Areas. BirdLife International. 2013. Retrieved 2013-01-20. 

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

Coordinates: 61°56′S 58°29′W / 61.933°S 58.483°W / -61.933; -58.483