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Ross-Nebengebiet (Neuseeland) Australisches Antarktis-Territorium Adélieland (Frankreich) Australisches Antarktis-Territorium Königin-Maud-Land (Norwegen) (südliche und nördliche Grenze nicht definiert) Peter-I.-Insel (Norwegen) Chilenisches Antarktisterritorium Britisches Antarktis-Territorium Vereinigtes Königreich/Argentinien Argentinien/Vereinigtes Königreich/Chile Chile/Vereinigtes Königreich Südgeorgien und die Südlichen Sandwichinseln Marie-Byrd-Land (wird von keinem Staat beansprucht)
Location of the Adélieland

Adélieland ( French Terre Adélie ) is the French part of Antarctica that has been claimed by France since November 21, 1924 and defined within its borders on April 1, 1938 . However, these claims are internationally suspended by the Antarctic Treaty , which was also signed by France .


The 432,000 km² area is located in East Antarctica between the 136th and 142nd degree of longitude. In the west it borders on the Wilkesland or its part Clarie Land , in the east on the Victorialand or its part King George V Land . On the coast it is only ice-free in a few places in summer. Apart from the crew at the Dumont d'Urville research station (30 people in winter, around 80 people in summer), Adélieland is uninhabited.

The marginal sea of the Southern Ocean , which lies on the coast of Adélieland, is called Dumont-d'Urville Lake .

In Adélieland, the thickest part of the Antarctic ice sheet was measured at 4776 m . Its average thickness is 2160 m.


Rock samples from the 1840 expedition

Adélieland was discovered on January 20, 1840 by the French Jules Dumont d'Urville , who named it after his wife Adèle. Since 1955 it has been part of the French Southern and Antarctic Lands .


The Adelie penguins ( Pygoscelis adeliae ) and the meteorite found there in 1912 were named after Adélieland .

See also

Web links

Commons : Adélieland  - collection of images, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

  1. ^ French Southern and Antarctic Lands. In: World Retrieved January 14, 2017 (English).
  2. ^ Dumont d'Urville: La vie à DDU. French Polar Institute Paul-Émile-Victor , accessed January 14, 2017 (French).

Coordinates: 75 ° 0 ′ 0 ″  S , 139 ° 0 ′ 0 ″  E