Victoria Land

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This article is about the Antarctica region. For the Cocteau Twins album, see Victorialand.
Area map of Victoria land.

Victoria Land is a region of Antarctica bounded on the east by the Ross Ice Shelf and the Ross Sea and on the west by Oates Land. It was discovered by Captain James Clark Ross in January 1841 and named after the UK's Queen Victoria.[1] The rocky promontory of Minna Bluff is often regarded as the southernmost point of Victoria Land, and separates the Scott Coast to the north from the Hillary Coast of the Ross Dependency to the south.

The region includes ranges of the Transantarctic Mountains and the McMurdo Dry Valleys (the highest point being Mount Abbott in the Northern Foothills), and the flatlands known as the Labyrinth. Early explorers of Victoria Land include James Clark Ross and Douglas Mawson.[2]


  1. ^ "Victoria Land". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey. Retrieved 2007-01-04. 
  2. ^ "Victoria Land". The Columbia Encyclopedia, Sixth Edition. Columbia University Press. 2001. Retrieved 2008-01-26. 

Coordinates: 71°15′S 163°00′E / 71.250°S 163.000°E / -71.250; 163.000