Visokoi Island

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Visokoi Island
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South Sandwich Islands
Location of Visokoi Island
Coordinates56°42′S 027°12′W / 56.700°S 27.200°W / -56.700; -27.200
ArchipelagoSouth Sandwich Islands
Length7.2 km (4.47 mi)
Width4.8 km (2.98 mi)
Highest elevation1,005 m (3,297 ft)
Highest pointMount Hodson
United Kingdom

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 lie Shamrock Hill and 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.