Bransfield Island
Bransfield Island

Bransfield Island is an island nearly 5 nautical miles (9 km) long, lying 3 nautical miles (6 km) southwest of D'Urville Island off the northeast end of the Antarctic Peninsula. The name "Point Bransfield", after Edward Bransfield, Master, Royal Navy, was given in 1842 by a British expedition under James Clark Ross to the low western termination of what is now the Joinville Island group. A 1947 survey by the Falkland Islands Dependencies Survey determined that this western termination is a separate island.[1]

This is one of several Antarctic islands around the peninsula known as Graham Land, which is closer to South America than any other part of that continent.[2] Burden Passage separates Bransfield Island from D'Urville Island.[3]

See also


  1. ^ "Bransfield Island". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey. Retrieved 2011-05-12.
  2. ^ ESA Science & Technology: Graham Land
  3. ^ "Antarctica Detail".

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Coordinates: 63°11′S 56°36′W / 63.183°S 56.600°W / -63.183; -56.600