Author Archives: Kate Bazeley

Place-name of the Month – July/Aug 2014

Robin Subglacial Basin Following the publication of Bedmap2, the project collaborators were encouraged to submit place-name proposals for any new features identified from this new dataset. Robin Subglacial Basin was identified as a deep subglacial feature approximately 220 km by 50 km and nearly 2 km below sea level (see map). It is situated upstream […]

Place-names in the news

A 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 […]

Place-name of the Month – May/June 2014

Midsummer/Midwinter Midwinter is a significant date in the calendar of all BAS Staff as it marks the point at which the days will start to lengthen and the sun will start to return to the Antarctic. In honour of the occasion, and for all those wintering at the bases, this month’s place-name theme celebrates the […]

Place-name of the Month – March/April 2014

Glaciers around Rothera Like numerous features around Antarctic bases, many of the glaciers around Rothera are named after people who worked in the region when the first bases were established. This area was first surveyed by Falkland Islands Dependencies Survey (FIDS) working out of the Stonington Island base in 1948, and then from Adelaide in […]

Place-name of the Month – Jan/Feb 2014

South Sandwich Islands A new geological map of the South Sandwich Islands has recently been produced as a collaboration between Peter Fretwell in MAGIC, and geologists including Rob Larter, Phil Leat and John Smellie. The individual maps of the each of the islands use newly acquired WorldView2 satellite imagery, and include lots of information about […]

Scott Centenary new place-names

As part of the 2012 Centenary of Scott’s Terra Nova expedition, the Antarctic Place-names Committee conducted a joint initiative with the New Zealand Antarctic Names Committee to honour those members of the British National Antarctic Expedition (1910-13) who did not already have place named after them in Antarctica. After extensive research, it was found that […]

Place-name of the Month – Nov/Dec 2013

Busen Region The Busen Region is an area of ice free land midway along the north coast of South Georgia. It is bounded on the west by Neumayer and Fortuna glaciers, to the north Fortuna and Stromness bays, to the east by Cumberland Bay, to the south by Cumberland West Bay, and incorporates Lewin Peninsula. […]

Place-name of the Month – Sept/Oct 2013

The Great Storm Following the “Great Storm” of 2013, this Place-name of the Month highlights many of the stormy-sounding names in the Antarctic (see map), such as Blow-me-down Bluff, Gale Ridge, Whirlwind Inlet and Thunder Glacier (detailed below). Although windspeeds in the UK during the storm reached up to 99 mph (on the Isle of […]

Place-name of the Month – July/Aug 2013

King George Island King George Island (62°0’19″S, 58°17’12″W) is one of the South Shetland Islands; north-east of Nelson Island and south-west of Elephant Island. It was discovered and roughly charted on its north coast by William Smith on 16 October 1819, providing the site of the first landing in Antarctica and being included in the […]

Place-name of the Month – May/June 2013

Zavodovski Island Zavodovski Island (56° 18′ 00″ S, 27° 34′ 00″ W) is the northern-most island of the Traversay Islands, South Sandwich Islands. The island rises to an active volcanic cone at c. 550 m and was discovered and charted by the Russian Antarctic Expedition on 4 January 1820, who named it Ostrov Zavodovskiy after […]