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We are no strangers to isolated places or social distancing here at BAS, with some of us living and working in some of the most remote places on Earth.

There are a number of place names that highlight this across the continent. Desolation Island (62° 27′ 28″ S, 60° 20′ 48″ W), off Livingston Island, is so named for its inhospitable appearance. Also in the South Shetland Islands, Retreat Bluffs (62° 09′ 19″ S, 58° 12′ 38″ W) was named after the retreat of Stwosz Icefall in 1998. Further South, Exile Nunatak (70° 32′ 34″ S, 70° 52′ 37″ W) was spotted in 1947 by the Chilean Antarctic Expedition (CAE) on Alexander Island, and named for its isolated position.

It is not all bleak though; rather poetically, FIDS spotted Lonely Rock just off of James Ross Island during an expedition from Hope Bay in 1945. There is also a Mount Hopeful on King George Island, and of course, Mount Hope, which was discovered to be the highest mountain in BAT, at 3,239 m.