This page presents the geographical name data for Sanctuary Cliffs 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): Sanctuary Cliffs
Feature Class (see definition): Cliff
Country Code (see definition): AQ (Antarctica)
Feature ID (see definition): 13219
Primary Latitude in degrees, minutes, and seconds (see definition):
64° 27' 00" S
Primary Longitude in degrees, minutes, and seconds (see definition):
057° 12' 00" W
Primary Latitude in decimal degrees (see definition): -64.45
Primary Longitude in decimal degrees (see definition): -57.2
Elevation (see definition): No data
Decision Year (see definition): 01/01/1963
Description (see definition): Rock cliffs at the N edge of the ice cap which covers the central part of Snow Hill Island, James Ross Island group. First seen and surveyed by the Swedish Antarctic Expedition (SwedAE), 1901-04, under Nordenskjold. They gave the name "Mittelnunatak," presumably because of their position near the middle of the north coast of the island. Following survey by Falklands Islands Dependencies Survey (FIDS) in 1952, it was reported that the term "cliffs" is more suitable than "nunatak" for this feature. Since the word "Middle" has been accepted in several other Antarctic names, the UK Antarctic Place-names Committee (UK-APC) recommended an entirely new and more distinctive name be approved. Sanctuary Cliffs is descriptive of the aspect of these cliffs which face into the sun and provide shelter from the prevailing southwesterly winds.
Date Created (see definition): No data
Date Edited (see definition): No data