This page presents the geographical name data for Wilkins Sound 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): Wilkins Sound
Feature Class (see definition): Bay
Country Code (see definition): AQ (Antarctica)
Feature ID (see definition): 16616
Primary Latitude in degrees, minutes, and seconds (see definition):
70° 15' 00" S
Primary Longitude in degrees, minutes, and seconds (see definition):
073° 00' 00" W
Primary Latitude in decimal degrees (see definition): -70.25
Primary Longitude in decimal degrees (see definition): -73
Elevation (see definition): No data
Decision Year (see definition): 01/01/1947
Description (see definition): A sound that is largely occupied by the Wilkins Ice Shelf;, located between the concave western coastline of Alexander Island and the shores of Charcot Island and Latady Island farther to the west. Its northern portion was first seen and roughly mapped in 1910 by the French Antarctic Expedition (FrAE) under J.B. Charcot and was observed from the air in 1929 by Sir Hubert Wilkins. The configuration of the sound was determined in 1940 on exploratory flights by U.S. Antarctic Service (USAS). Named by the U.S. Antarctic Service (USAS) for Sir Hubert Wilkins, who in 1929 first proved "Charcot Land" to be an island and thereby indirectly discovered this feature. The existence of Latady Island at the SW side of the sound was determined in 1960 by D.J.H. Searle of Falklands Islands Dependencies Survey (FIDS) by examination of air photos taken by the Ronne Antarctic Research Expedition (RARE), 1947-48.
Date Created (see definition): No data
Date Edited (see definition): No data