This page presents the geographical name data for Papua Beach in Antarctica, as supplied by the US military intelligence in electronic format, including the geographic coordinates and place name in various forms, latin, roman and native characters, and its location in its respective country's administrative division.
Feature Name (see definition): Papua Beach
Feature Class (see definition): Beach
Country Code (see definition): AQ (Antarctica)
Feature ID (see definition): 11334
Primary Latitude in degrees, minutes, and seconds (see definition):
54° 15' 00" S
Primary Longitude in degrees, minutes, and seconds (see definition):
036° 34' 00" W
Primary Latitude in decimal degrees (see definition): -54.25
Primary Longitude in decimal degrees (see definition): -36.5666667
Elevation (see definition): No data
Decision Year (see definition): 01/01/1956
Description (see definition): Beach 1.5 mi long on the SE shore of Cumberland West Bay, South Georgia. The name derives from "Papua Cove," now an obsolete name, applied for a minor recession of the shore of this beach by the Swedish Antarctic Expedition (SwedAE) under Nordenskjold, 1901-04, because a colony of gentoo penguins (Pygoscelis papua) was found there. The cove was called "Pinguinbucht" on a 1907 chart by A. Szielasko, and the form Penguin Bay appears on some later charts. Following this survey in 1951-52, the South Georgia Survey (SGS) reported that the beach now described, rather than the cove or bay, is the significant feature for which a name is required.
Date Created (see definition): No data
Date Edited (see definition): No data