Thiel Mountains

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Thiel Mountains
Thiel Mountains close.jpg
Aerial view of the Thiel Mountains
Highest point
PeakAnderson Summit[1]
Elevation2,810 m (9,220 ft)
Coordinates85°3′S 90°51′W / 85.050°S 90.850°W / -85.050; -90.850Coordinates: 85°3′S 90°51′W / 85.050°S 90.850°W / -85.050; -90.850
Length72 km (45 mi)
Area71,578 km2 (27,636 sq mi)
Thiel Mountains is located in Antarctica
Thiel Mountains
Thiel Mountains
Location in Antarctica
RegionEllsworth Land
Parent rangeTransantarctic Mountains
Borders onHorlick Mountains and Pensacola Mountains
Thiel Mountains Skiway
Thiel Mountains Refueling.jpg
Thiel Mauntains refueling depot
Airport typePrivate
LocationThiel Mountains
Ellsworth Land
Coordinates85°11′56″S 87°52′18″W / 85.198883°S 87.871803°W / -85.198883; -87.871803
Thiel Mountains Skiway is located in Antarctica
Thiel Mountains Skiway
Thiel Mountains Skiway
Location of airfield in Antarctica
Direction Length Surface
ft m
17/35 5,175 1,577 Ice

The Thiel Mountains are an isolated, mainly snow-capped mountain range of the Transantarctic Mountains System, located in the Ellsworth Land region of Antarctica

The mountain range is 72 km (45 mi) long, and is located roughly between the Horlick Mountains and the Pensacola Mountains, and extends from Moulton Escarpment on the west to Nolan Pillar on the east.

Major components include Ford Massif (2,810 m), Bermel Escarpment and a group of eastern peaks near Nolan Pillar. The mountains were observed and first positioned by the USARP Horlick Mountains Traverse Party, 1958-59. The mountains were surveyed by the USGS Thiel Mountains parties of 1960-61 and 1961-62.[3]

The Thiel Mountains were named by US-ACAN after Dr. Edward C. Thiel, traverse seismologist at Ellsworth Station and the Pensacola Mountains in 1957. In December 1959, he made airlifted geophysical observations along the 88th meridian west, including work near these mountains. Thiel perished with four others on November 9, 1961 in the crash of a P2V Neptune aircraft soon after take-off from Wilkes Station.[3]

An aircraft fuel cache (85°12′S 087°53′W / 85.200°S 87.883°W / -85.200; -87.883) is located near the Thiel Mountains for planes traveling between the Union Glacier Camp and the Amundsen–Scott South Pole Station.[4]



  1. ^ "Thiel Mountains". Peakbagger. Retrieved 23 May 2017.
  2. ^ "Thiel Skiway". Airport Nav Finder. Retrieved October 17, 2018.
  3. ^ a b U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Thiel Mountains
  4. ^ South Pole Flights