Visokoi Island

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Visokoi Island
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South Sandwich Islands
Location of Visokoi Island
Coordinates 56°42′S 027°12′W / 56.700°S 27.200°W / -56.700; -27.200
Archipelago South Sandwich Islands
Length 7.2 km (4.47 mi)
Width 4.8 km (2.98 mi)
Highest elevation 1,005 m (3,297 ft)
Highest point Mount Hodson
United Kingdom
Population Uninhabited

Visokoi Island is an uninhabited island in the Traversay Islands group of the South Sandwich Islands. It was discovered in 1819 by a Russian expedition under Fabian Gottlieb von Bellingshausen, who named the island Visokoi ("high") because of its conspicuous height.[1]

The island is 7.2 km (4.5 miles) long and 4.8 km (3.0 miles) wide, capped by Mount Hodson, a volcanic peak (1,005 metres or 3,297 feet). The peak is named after Sir Arnold Weinholt Hodson, a governor of the Falkland Islands.

The island's eastern tip, Irving Point, is named for the commander of a British exploratory and mapping expedition, John J. Irving. Northwest of Irving Point lies Saddle Bluff, (56°42′S 27°9′W / 56.700°S 27.150°W / -56.700; -27.150), named by Discovery Investigations personnel on the Discovery II following their survey in 1930.[2]

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  1. ^ Mills, William James (2003). Exploring polar frontiers: a historical encyclopedia. A - L. ABC-CLIO. p. 680. ISBN 978-1-57607-422-0. Retrieved 6 January 2012. 
  2. ^ "Saddle Bluff". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey. Retrieved 2018-07-27.