Thiel Mountains

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Thiel Mountains
Aerial view of the Thiel Mountains

Aerial view of the Thiel Mountains

Highest peak Ford Massif ( 2810  m )
location Marie Byrd Land , West Antarctica
Thiel Mountains (Antarctica)
Thiel Mountains
Coordinates 85 ° 15 ′  S , 91 ° 0 ′  W Coordinates: 85 ° 15 ′  S , 91 ° 0 ′  W

The Thiel Mountains are an approximately 72 km long mountain range of isolated, mainly snow-capped mountains between the Horlick Mountains and the Pensacola Mountains in the border area between the West Antarctic Marie Byrd Land and the Queen Elizabeth Land , which runs from the Moulton Escarpment in the west to the Nolan Pillar in the east is enough. The main formations of the mountain range are the Ford Massif , the Bermel Escarpment and a group of eastern mountain peaks near the Nolan Pillar.

The area was first explored and mapped by participants in an expedition of the United States Antarctic Program from 1958 to 1959. Further surveys were carried out by the United States Geological Survey from 1960 to 1961 and from 1961 to 1962. The Advisory Committee on Antarctic Names named them after Edward C. Thiel (1928–1961), seismologist at Ellsworth Station and in the Pensacola Mountains in 1957. Thiel came along with four other passengers when a Lockheed P-2 crashed shortly after take-off from Wilkes Station on September 9. Killed in November 1961.

During the Würth- Antarctic Transversal of 1989/90, Arved Fuchs and Reinhold Messner crossed the Thiel Mountains on foot. At the edge of the mountains a provision depot was set up by plane.

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Individual evidence

  1. Reinhold Messner: Antarctica - Heaven and Hell at the same time. 3rd edition, Piper, Munich / Zurich 1991, ISBN 3-492-03347-4 , p. 153 ff.