Livingston Island

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Livingston Island
Liverpool Beach on the south coast of Livingston Island
The Liverpool Beach on the south coast of Livingston Island
Waters Southern Ocean (between Drake and Bransfield Straits )
Archipelago South Shetland Islands
Geographical location 62 ° 36 ′  S , 60 ° 30 ′  W Coordinates: 62 ° 36 ′  S , 60 ° 30 ′  W
Livingston Island (South Shetland Islands)
Livingston Island
length 73 km
width 35 km
surface 974 km²
Highest elevation Mount Friesland
1700  m
Livingston Island Map
Livingston Island Map

The Livingston Island ( English Livingston Island ) is the second largest island of the South Shetland Islands off the West Antarctic .

The island is 73 km long and 34 km wide, the area is 974 km². It lies west of neighboring Greenwich Island and north of Deception Island . Livingston's highest point is Mount Friesland in the Tangra Mountains at 1,700 meters . The temperatures in summer hardly exceed 3 ° C, in winter it can get down to –14 ° C.

The island was discovered on February 19, 1819 by the English navigator William Smith and soon afterwards was visited by seal hunters .

Today there are some Antarctic research stations on Livingston , including the Spanish Juan Carlos I station and the Bulgarian St. Kliment Ohridski station . The island is also a stop for visiting cruise ships .

The mountain saddle Wörner Gap here was named after the German politician Manfred Wörner .


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