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  South Shetland Islands - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
The Islands are still claimed by the original three nations: Argentina claims the Islands as part of Argentine Antarctica; Chile claims the Islands as part of Antártica Chilena Province; and the United Kingdom maintains a claim as part of the British Antarctic Territory.
British explorer William Smith arrived to the islands on 19 February 1819, while cruising close to the northern edge of the islands, and claimed in the name of King George III, disembarking on the largest of the South Shetlands, King George Island by the same man on 16 October that year.
Aitcho Islands is a group of small islands lying in the N entrance to English Strait (between Robert and Greenwich islands, being part of South Shetland Islands.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/South_Shetland_Islands   (615 words)

 South Shetland Islands - Biocrawler   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-26)
The islands were discovered by the British explorer William Smith on 19 February, 1819 and claimed in the name of King George III.
The first landing on the islands was made on the largest of the South Shetlands, King George Island by the same man on 16 October that year.
Sealing and whaling took place on the islands in the 19th and early 20th century, but the islands have only been occupied since the establishment of a scientific research station in 1944.
www.biocrawler.com /encyclopedia/South_Shetland_Islands   (353 words)

 Wikinfo | South Shetland Islands   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-26)
The South Shetland Islands are a chain of islands in the Southern Ocean about 120 kilometers off the coast of Antarctica.
The islands were discovered by the British explorer William Smith on 19th February, 1819 and claimed in the name of King George III.
The first landing on the islands was made on the largest of the South Shetlands, King George Island by the same man on 16th October that year.
www.wikinfo.org /wiki.php?title=South_Shetland_Islands   (325 words)

 South Shetland Islands — 70South - Antarctic News, Antarctic Information, Interactive and Updated Daily...   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-26)
This island might be one of the most important in Antarctic history: this is where 22 members of Shackleton's "Endurance" expedition were stranded in 1915 after their ship was crushed in Weddell Sea pack ice - they spent 135 days on the island.
This island is the largest of the South Shetlands, and is often called Antarctica's unofficial capital, due to the eight national winter stations built on it.
Mainly gentoo and chinstrap penguins nest on the Aitcho Islands.
www.70south.com /resources/antarctic-islands/south-shetland   (1169 words)

 List of islands
If however one does count Australia among the islands it, not Greenland, would be the largest in the world (unless one also considered Antarctica an island).
Denmark has 405 named islands, of which 82 are inhabited.
Artificial Islands[?] -(islands created by humans, where once was sea)
www.ebroadcast.com.au /lookup/encyclopedia/is/Islands_of_the_world.html   (311 words)

 Antarctica Things To Do - Travel Guides - VirtualTourist.com
Aitcho Islands are part of the South Shetland Islands.
It is a group of small islands between the bigger Robert Island and Greenwich Island.
Some ships land on Aitcho Island if the Drake Passage has been crossed quickly, so the arrival at the South Shetland Islands is already in the afternoon of the second full day of the trip.
www.virtualtourist.com /travel/Antarctica/Things_To_Do-Antarctica-R-4.html   (1220 words)

 Antarctic System Science   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-26)
The first stop of the expedition was at Aitcho Island, which is part of the South Shetland Island group.
The island group runs 280 miles N to S and are 100 miles west of the Antarctic Peninsula.
The islands were originally called “H.O. Islands” after the Admiralty Hydrographic Office who mapped the island group in 1936.
www.cevl.msu.edu /ael/antarctica/tour/pages/aitcho.html   (810 words)

 Antarctica Cruise and Travel Guide, South Shetland Islands
The South Shetland Islands are a string of islands running parallel to the north west coast of the Antarctic peninsula.
Landings on Elephant island are not common as it is often difficult to approach due to sea and weather conditions.
Deception Island is the most comfortable place to swim in Antarctica - far more preferable than jumping into any other bit of the Antarctic Ocean that pretty much hovers around freezing point all year round (been there, done that, didn't enjoy it - something to tell people about though).
www.coolantarctica.com /Travel/south_shetland_islands.htm   (1336 words)

 Shetland Islands
The Shetland Islands were originally a Norwegian colony, and were pawned to the crown of Scotland on February 20, 1472.
Penguin Island () is an island 1.6km long, which lies close off the S coast of King George Island and marks the eastern side of the entrance to King George Bay, in the South Shetland Islands near Antarctica.
This island was known to both American and British sealers as early as 1820, and the name Smith has been well established in international usage for over 100 years.
www.artistbooking.com /trips/186/shetland-islands.html   (842 words)

 Eumycetozoan Expeditions.
All of the islands are of volcanic origin, and the southern and western coasts are characterized by high precipitous cliffs that make landing virtually impossible.
The Orenburg Steppe Reservation preserves islands of steppe that are remnants of the vast grasslands that once extended from the deserts of present-day Kazakhstan to the foothills of the Ural Mountains.
The climate of this region of Eastern Europe is harsh, dry and continental, with fierce Siberian winds in the winter and hot dry winds from the deserts of Central Asia during the summer.
slimemold.uark.edu /imagegal.htm   (3837 words)

 South Shetland islands - images - Travel-Images.com   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-26)
Deception island: the Vavilov at anchor in Whalers Bay
Elephant island: scarps on the Drake passage 2
Aitcho Islands: lowering a zodiac from the M/V Orlova
geo.ya.com /travelimages/south-shetland.html   (152 words)

 Antarctica: South Shetland Islands
The beautiful Aitcho Islands offer a colourful respite from the natural grey, white and blue of the Antarctic Peninsula The Aitcho Islands received their name in 1935 by the Discovery II expedition, in honour of the Admiralty's Hydrographic Officer ('HO').
Deception Island is a testimony to the volcanic origin of the South Shetland Islands.
Although most of the islands formed between 60 and 200 million years ago in a fury of volcanic eruptions and massive intrusions, Deception Island formed less than 5 million years ago as a result of the Bransfield Strait opening up.
www.cybamuse.com /antarctica/shetlands.htm   (450 words)

 Topher's Tales - Antarctica 2001 - Aitcho Islands   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-26)
The Aitcho Islands were our first stop in Antarctica.
The islands are known for their spongy green mosses, a unique sight in the icy world of Antarctica.
The Aitcho Islands get their name from the pronunciation "H.O." which stands for Hydrography Office, the British agency that did so much early survey work here in what has become Graham Land.
www.theraconteur.com /Antarctica2001/Aitcho.html   (67 words)

 Rannoch Adventures :: Itinerary : A sailing expedition to Antarctica aboard the tall ship Bark Europa.
Since these islands are not completely covered by ice, see colorful patches of moss inhabited by giant petrels and Antarctic skuas.
Anyone who wants to can go for a walk to the middle of the island, which is the crater of a volcano, and perhaps sink to their knees in the deep snow.
The island is the home to skuas, Dominican gulls with chicks, and some 4,800 pairs of gentoo penguins.
www.rannochadventures.com /t,s/148,39,itinerary/Antarctica-Tall-Ship-Sailing-Antarctic-Voyage-Aboard-the-Bark-Europa.html   (1815 words)

 Antarctica Peninsula   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-26)
In the Antarctic Peninsula Minke Whales, the smallest of the rorqual whales, and ferocious-looking Leopard Seals are common.
Deception Island is a huge volcano of which the crater opens into the sea, creating a natural harbour for the ship.
Here we are aiming for a landing at Paulet Island, where we might visit the remains of a historic hut surrounded by thousands of Adelie penguins and also try to offer a continent landing at the impressive Brown Bluff.
www.footprint-adventures.co.uk /antarcpeninsmik.html   (2111 words)

 Hapag-Lloyd Kreuzfahrten GmbH, Cruises, Cruise, Travel
The vegetation of the more northerly Antarctic peninsula with its offshore islands is rather sparse due to the extreme climate and consists of only two flowering plants, moss and lichen.
Planned are visits to Elephant Island, Paulet Island and Hope Bay (landing on the Antarctic continent with Adélie penguin colonies).
The new island is to acquire the name “Bremen Island”.
www.hlkf.de /redwork/do.php?layoutid=100&node=206549&language=2&page=2&jid=2159   (325 words)

 Sub-Antarctic Islands   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-26)
We visited the Aitcho group of islands, and Deception Island before reaching the Antarctic mainland.
The main difference in appearance is the green mosses on the ground in the sub-antarctic islands.
The islands support a higher population density of birds and animals than the mainland.
www.home.gil.com.au /~rodnmaria/islands.html   (93 words)

 Lindblad Expeditions: DER Detail   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-26)
Fur seals were abundant in the South Shetland Islands before the discovery of the islands and the advent of sealers in the 1820s.
At this season when much of the winter snow has melted from the slopes of the island, what is exposed is not simply bare rock.
Among the rocks grow delicate tufts of moss which the hikers were careful to avoid trampling, while the slopes of ornithogenic soil (rough translation = years of accumulated penguin poop) are covered in an algal lawn of Prasiola, providing a striking backdrop to the penguins (pictured are a couple of Gentoo Penguins).
www.expeditions.com /dersearch/derdetail.asp?id=7542   (304 words)

 Antarctic, Patagonia, Cape Horn, Tierra Del Fuego, South Georgia, Arctic Expeditions, VICTORY ADVENTURE TRAVEL
Nonetheless, a treaty signed in 1959 protects the continent and its outlying islands from mineral exploitation and arms testing, and indefinitely suspends all formal discussion of ownership.
Most of the stations are concentrated to the Antarctic Peninsula and the nearby islands.
Pitt Islands 65°26'S, 065°30'W North of Renaud Is, Biscoe Islands
www.victory-cruises.com /antarctic.fotos.html   (5384 words)

 Antarctica 2001 with Topher
As you approach the island, the first thing that catches your eye are the birds.
We are driving south towards the Shetland Islands under cross seas of 5-6 meters and a hard driving wind from the Southwest (i.e.
Aitcho Islands - 2/1/01 - S 62deg 24' W 59deg 44' - 13:30 to 19:00 hrs Spongy green moss stretching up between the snow, soft underfoot.
www.clubcruceros.org /ANTARCTICA.htm   (6958 words)

 Polar Cruises: Antarctica Travel Information, Trip Reviews, Tours and Vacation Prices
The geology of these islands is volcanic, with striking columnar formations and jagged, eroded pinnacles.
The name of the island, Aitcho, is derived from the first letters of hydrographic and Office.
Port Lockroy on Goudier Island was originally a secret military base established under the code name Operation Tabarin, in 1944.
www.polarcruises.com /tour.cfm?ship_id=4&tour_id=106   (2238 words)

 Jan 21
We were still a day away from the actual continent, but the many islands off the tip of the Antarctic Peninsula provide much more wildlife.
By the time I reached the island I was downright soaked and panicky about the possible onset of hypothermia or pneumonia or even frostbite.
Aitcho is home to Gentoo and Chinstrap penguins, thousands of them.
www.yourmother.com /antarctica/jan21.htm   (2875 words)

 Sarah and Leon's Digital Postcard
For her part, Sarah is very fond of penguins, so the chance to see them in the wild in person had a lot of appeal for her.
Since there were no large areas on the island for the penguins to nest on, they clung to whatever nooks they could find along the edges.
Much of the island we landed on was covered with snow, but it had a number of rocky raised areas, which were covered with roosting penguins.
www.geocities.com /peyre1347   (4646 words)

The first stop was Elephant Island, originally called Elephant Seal Island for the elephant seals always found basking on its beaches.
Our next stop was supposed to have been Kinnes Cove on Joinville Island or a stop at Astrolabe Island, but both islands had a great shelf of ice running along the shores.
Dec. 8: This time, Deception Island was ready for us to visit - the water was almost as smooth as glass and there was hardly a breeze.
www.nwnews.com /editions/2001/20010122/feature1.html   (1566 words)

 Hapag-Lloyd Kreuzfahrten GmbH, Cruises, Cruise, Travel
On the Aitcho Islands you will see sea elephants, chinstrap and jackass penguins and on Half Moon Island it may be possible for you to visit a small station.
This is where one of our expedition teams discovered a hitherto unknown channel and an island on 2.2.2003, which now both bear the name of our ship.
From a distance you cannot see that the island conceals in its interior a fissured caldera, a huge crater lake with an area of 10 x14 km.
www.hlkf.de /redwork/do.php?layoutid=100&node=206549&language=2&page=2&jid=2381   (479 words)

 West Coast Adventures - Spirit of Shackleton Antarctic Expedition - Canadian Expiditions in Whistler and Tofino British ...
During lunch we sail to Hannah Point, a spectacular outcropping on Livingston Island which is home to many species of penguins and seabirds, Elephant and Weddell seals and scattered fossils.
Only two of the islands have seen modern visitors and we plan to explore new landing sites, to comb lonely beaches and to hike to the top of the rocky outcrops.
One of the prize jewels of the Antarctic is famed Elephant Island where the crew of The Endurance camped as they awaited rescue.
www.westcoast-adventures.com /site/whistler_winter_adventures/the_spirit_of_shackelton_antarctic_expedition.html   (1292 words)

 Antarctica in 2004 (1 South Shetlands)   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-26)
He was the first to cross the Antarctic Circle and to explore the edge of the pack ice.
It was cloudy on the third day but the wind had fallen to 5 knots and the sea was calm as we approached the tiny Aitcho Islands located between the larger Robert and Greenwich islands.
Deception Island is what is left of an extinct volcano after the sea has broken through the rim of the caldera forming a perfect harbour hidden behind the island's icy exterior.
berclo.net /page04/04en-antarctica-1.html   (2841 words)

 Antartica Scenes   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-26)
On Aitcho Island, one of the South Shetland Islands near the northernmost part of the Antarctic Peninsula, the winter snow had melted and luxuriant grass was covering the ground.
These Elephant Seals were found lounging on Aitcho Island, one of the South Shetland Islands.
Deception Island in the South Shetland Islands is a volcano.
www.csun.edu /~hcgeo007/antarcticscenes.html   (297 words)

 Antarctic Tourism
The peak is located some two kilometres north of the U.K. station on Goudier Island which is the most popular visitor site in the Antarctic region (ANAN-28/04, 16 August 2000).
The flight from Punta Arenas to King George Island is expected to take just under four hours each way, however whether plans call for the aircraft to return immediately to the southern Chilean city if weather permits or remain overnight or longer at Marsh has not been announced.
Macquarie Island is expected to be the closest they come to land between Heard Island and the Horn.
www-old.aad.gov.au /goingsouth/tourism/news/2000/13sep.asp   (3253 words)

 Wildlife Cruises to the Arctic and Antarctic with The Travelling Naturalist   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-26)
Antarctica and the Sub-Antarctic Islands are some of the last truly unspoilt regions of the world.
The South Shetland Islands were discovered in 1819 and lie parallel to the Antarctic Peninsula, separated by the deep-water Bransfield Strait, 150 km, (100mile) wide.
We sail on to volcanic Deception Island, in the South Shetlands Islands.
www.naturalist.co.uk /cruises2006/antarcticpeninsula.php   (1542 words)

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