Place-names in the news

Geogmag article picA couple of years ago, the U.S. Board on Geographic Names, at the request of the Advisory Committee on Antarctic Names (ACAN), changed the rules regarding how geographic features in Antarctica should be named by the U.S. government. These changes have recently been reviewed by Peter Rejcek in an article written in the online news publication for the U.S. Antarctic Program, The Antarctic Sun.

The article compares how place-names were first established in Antarctica by the early explorers, to the way in which place-names are applied by different nations actively working in Antarctica now. The article draws on a piece written by Adrian Fox (APC member) and Kate Bazeley (APC Secretary) for Geographical, the Royal Geographical Society’s magazine, and features information and images from the APC website.