Edward VII Peninsula

Edward VII Peninsula

Edward VII Peninsula or King Edward VII Land or King Edward VII Peninsula or Kong Edward VII Land or König Edward VII Land is a large, ice-covered peninsula which forms the northwestern extremity of Marie Byrd Land and projects into the Ross Sea between Sulzberger Bay and the northeast corner of the Ross Ice Shelf. Edward VII Peninsula is defined by the Ross Ice Shelf on the southwest, Okuma Bay on the west, and to the east by Sulzberger Bay and the Saunders Coast, all essentially on the Ross Sea / Southern Ocean in Antarctica. Edward VII Peninsula is located at coord|77|40|S|155|00|W|.

The western coast is Shirase Coast. In the north and east, Swinburne Ice Shelf is located.Edward VII Peninsula was discovered on January 30, 1902, by the British National Antarctic Expedition (BrNAE) (1901-1904) under Robert Falcon Scott, who named it King Edward VII Land for King Edward VII of the United Kingdom. The area was explored by the Nimrod Expedition under Ernest Shackleton in 1908-09.

The peninsular character of the region was determined by exploration conducted by the Byrd Antarctic Expedition (1933-1935) and the United States Antarctic Service (USAS) Expedition (1939-1941).

Most of the peninsula is within the Ross Dependency, claimed by New Zealand (see claims on Antarctica).

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