Black Island (Ross Archipelago)

Black Island (78°14′S 166°20′E / 78.233°S 166.333°E / -78.233; 166.333), in the Ross Archipelago, is immediately west of White Island. It was first named by the Discovery Expedition (1901–04) because of its lack of snow. The island's northernmost point is named Cape Hodgson, commemorating Thomas Vere Hodgson.[1]

Black Island
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Black Island and Skidoos at sunset
Black Island is located in Antarctica
Black Island
Black Island
Location in Antarctica
Coordinates78°14′S 166°20′E / 78.233°S 166.333°E / -78.233; 166.333Coordinates: 78°14′S 166°20′E / 78.233°S 166.333°E / -78.233; 166.333
ArchipelagoRoss Archipelago
Administered under the Antarctic Treaty System
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The highest point is Mount Aurora, a principal radio relay point. On the minor peak of Mount Melania is the principal earth-based ground-station for the US Antarctic Program.

Black Island is volcanic in origin, consisting of a series of trachytic lava domes and basaltic pyroclastic cones. Potassium–argon dating of Black Island volcanic rocks has given ages ranging from 1.69 to 3.8 million years.[2]

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  1. ^ "Thomas Vere Hodgson - Biographical notes". Cool Antarctica. Archived from the original on June 14, 2011. Retrieved January 13, 2010. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  2. ^ "Black Island". Global Volcanism Program. Smithsonian Institution. Retrieved 2018-01-17. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)

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