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Mount Discovery is a conspicuous, isolated stratovolcano, lying at the head of McMurdo Sound and east of Koettlitz Glacier, overlooking the NW portion of the Ross Ice Shelf. It forms the center of a three-armed mass of which Brown Peninsula is one extension to the north; Minna Bluff is a second to the east; the third is Mount Morning to the west.

Mount Discovery
McMurdo Sound und Ross-Insel.png
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Highest point
Elevation2,681 m (8,796 ft)
Prominence1,637 m (5,371 ft) [1]
Coordinates78°22′S 165°01′E / 78.367°S 165.017°E / -78.367; 165.017Coordinates: 78°22′S 165°01′E / 78.367°S 165.017°E / -78.367; 165.017[1]
Mount Discovery is located in Antarctica
Mount Discovery
Mount Discovery
Age of rockPliocene-to-Pleistocene[2]
Mountain typeStratovolcano
Last eruption1.87 million years ago[2]

Discovered by the British National Antarctic Expedition (1901–04) and named for their expedition ship Discovery.

Topographic map of the Mount Discovery (1:250,000 scale) from USGS Mount Discovery

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  1. ^ a b "Antarctica Ultra-Prominences" Retrieved 2012-09-05.
  2. ^ a b "Mount Discovery". Global Volcanism Program. Smithsonian Institution. Retrieved 2016-04-30.


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