Compton Glacier

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Compton Glacier
location Heard ( Heard and McDonald Islands )
length 5 km
Coordinates 53 ° 3 ′ 0 ″  S , 73 ° 37 ′ 0 ″  E Coordinates: 53 ° 3 ′ 0 ″  S , 73 ° 37 ′ 0 ″  E
Compton Glacier (Heard and McDonald Islands)
Compton Glacier
drainage Compton lagoon

The Compton Glacier is a 5 km long glacier on the island of Heard in the southern Indian Ocean . It flows from the lower slopes of Big Ben in a north-easterly direction to the north-east coast of the island, where it flows into the Compton Lagoon between Gilchrist Beach and Fairchild Beach .

In 1860, the American sealer captain H. C. Chester named the lower section of the glacier on a sketch map as Morgan's Iceberg . Participants in a campaign as part of the Australian National Antarctic Research Expeditions surveyed in 1948 and identified the true nature of this geographic object. They named the glacier after G. S. Compton, one of their assistant geodesists .

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