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Bear Peninsula

Coordinate: S 74.5459, W 111.885

Transportation: Twin Otter

Closest operations HUB: 541km to WAIS


Station ID: BERP

Installed: 2010-2011 season

Former Projects: WAGN

Former Names: W10A


Station ID: BEAR

Installed: 2010-2011 season

Former Projects:

Former Names:

A peninsula about 50 mi long and 25 mi wide which is ice covered except for several isolated rock bluffs and outcrops along its margins, lying 30 mi E of Martin Peninsula on Walgreen Coast, Marie Byrd Land. First delineated from aerial photographs taken by USN Operation HighJump in January 1947. Named by US-ACAN after the ice-ship USS Bear, flagship of the USAS, from which three reconnaissance flights were made in late February 1940, resulting in the discovery of Walgreen Coast (with probable sighting of this feature) and the Thurston Island area. This ship, under the name Bear of Oakland, also served as flagship of the ByrdAE, 1933-35, which based at the Bay of Whales, Ross Ice Shelf. Launched in 1874 at Greenock, Scotland, for use in the sealing trade, she sank in 30-foot seas and high winds in the North Atlantic, March 19, 1963, at which time she was being towed from Nova Scotia to Philadelphia (https://data.aad.gov.au/aadc/gaz/scar/display_name.cfm?gaz_id=122316).