Trinity Peninsula

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Trinity Peninsula
Map of the Antarctic Peninsula, with the Trinity Peninsula marked in red
Geographical location
Trinity Peninsula (Antarctic Peninsula)
Trinity Peninsula
Coordinates 63 ° 37 ′  S , 58 ° 20 ′  W Coordinates: 63 ° 37 ′  S , 58 ° 20 ′  W
Waters 1 Weddell Sea
Waters 2 Antarctic Sound , Bransfield Strait
length 130 km

The Trinity Peninsula (seldom also " Trinity Peninsula ") is the extreme northeastern extension of the Antarctic Peninsula and thus part of Grahamland .


The peninsula extends approximately 130 kilometers in a north-easterly direction.

The northernmost point of the Trinity Peninsula and mainland Antarctica is Prime Head . Hope Bay with the Argentine Esperanza station is located around 20 kilometers southeast of it .

To the south, on the east coast, the Nordenskjöld coast connects , and on the west coast the Davis coast , followed by the Danco coast .


For more than a century cartographers have used different names such as Trinity, Palmer or Louis Philippe, each of which includes a historical appraisal. The recommended name comes from Trinity Land , as Edward Bransfield baptized the area in January 1820, although the exact use is unknown and is controversial among Antarctic historians.

Due to its position far to the north, the Trinity Peninsula was an early and repeated destination for Antarctic expeditions . At the end of January 1820, Edward Bransfield sighted the Trinity Peninsula from the ship, one of the first sightings of the Antarctic continent. A few days earlier , however, Fabian Gottlieb von Bellingshausen was probably the first to sight the Antarctic on the Princess Martha coast (it remained unclear, however, whether Bellingshausen only sighted ice or land below). The Swedish Antarctic Expedition from 1901 to 1903 discovered the Antarctic Sound between the Trinity Peninsula and the Joinville Islands . In 1949 a Chilean expedition carried out flights over the Trinity Peninsula for the first time.

Web links

Individual evidence

  1. Berliner Zeitung , January 30, 2010: In retrospect
  2. ^ Antarctica Online, August 29, 2008: Expeditions to the Antarctic