Edward VIII Bay


Edward VIII Bay

Edward VIII Bay (coord|66|50|S|57|0|E|) is a bay about 20 miles (32 km) in extent, entered between Edward VIII Plateau and the Oygarden Group. It was discovered in 1936 by DI personnel on the William Scoresby, and named for King Edward VIII of the United Kingdom.

The head of the bay is occupied by the Edward VIII Ice Shelf (coord|66|50|S|56|33|E|). The northern part of this feature was called Innviksletta (the inner bay plain) by Norwegian cartographers, who mapped it from aerial photos taken by the Lars Christensen Expedition, 1936-37. The area was first visited in 1954 by an ANARE (Australian National Antarctic Research Expeditions) sledge party. The entire ice shelf was then mapped and named in association with Edward VIII Bay. See also: List of glaciers and ice shelves in Antarctica.

The Edward VIII Plateau (coord|66|35|S|56|50|E|) is a dome-shaped, ice-covered peninsula between Magnet Bay and Edward VIII Bay. It was probably seen by personnel on the William Scoresby in 1936, and mapped from aerial photos taken by the Lars Christensen Expedition, 1936-37, and named Gulfplataet (the gulf plateau). It was renamed "King Edward Plateau" by ANCA, but the form Edward VIII Plateau has been approved by the Advisory Committee on Antarctic Names (US-ACAN) to be consistent with the names of nearby Edward VIII Bay and Ice Shelf.


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