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Backer Island

Station ID: BACK

Coordinate: S 74.4304, W 102.478

Installed: 2011-2012 season

Former Projects: WAGN

Former Names: W18B

Transportation: Twin Otter

Closest operations HUB: 600km to WAIS

A chain of small islands at the S side of Cranton Bay. The islands trend NW for 12 mi from the ice shelf which forms the S limit of the bay. Mapped by USGS from surveys and USN air photos, 1960-66. Named by US-ACAN for Walter K. Backer, USN, chief construction mechanic at Byrd Station, 1967 (https://data.aad.gov.au/aadc/gaz/scar/display_name.cfm?gaz_id=122087).