Queen Maud Mountains

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Queen Maud Mountains
Photo of Mount Fridtjof Nansen in the Queen Maud Mountains taken by Roald Admundsen
Highest point
Peak Mount Kaplan [1]
Elevation 4,230 m (13,880 ft)
Coordinates 85°45′S152°7′W / 85.750°S 152.117°W / -85.750; -152.117 Coordinates: 85°45′S152°7′W / 85.750°S 152.117°W / -85.750; -152.117
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Queen Maud Mountains
Location of Queen Maud mountains in Antarctica

The Queen Maud Mountains are a major group of mountains, ranges and subordinate features of the Transantarctic Mountains, lying between the Beardmore and Reedy Glaciers and including the area from the head of the Ross Ice Shelf to the Antarctic Plateau in Antarctica. Captain Roald Amundsen and his South Pole party ascended Axel Heiberg Glacier near the central part of this group in November 1911, naming these mountains for the Norwegian queen Maud of Wales. [2] Despite the name, they are not located within Queen Maud Land.

Mountain A large landform that rises fairly steeply above the surrounding land over a limited area

A mountain is a large landform that rises above the surrounding land in a limited area, usually in the form of a peak. A mountain is generally steeper than a hill. Mountains are formed through tectonic forces or volcanism. These forces can locally raise the surface of the earth. Mountains erode slowly through the action of rivers, weather conditions, and glaciers. A few mountains are isolated summits, but most occur in huge mountain ranges.

Mountain range A geographic area containing several geologically related mountains

A mountain range or hill range is a series of mountains or hills ranged in a line and connected by high ground. A mountain system or mountain belt is a group of mountain ranges with similarity in form, structure, and alignment that have arisen from the same cause, usually an orogeny. Mountain ranges are formed by a variety of geological processes, but most of the significant ones on Earth are the result of plate tectonics. Mountain ranges are also found on many planetary mass objects in the Solar System and are likely a feature of most terrestrial planets.

Transantarctic Mountains mountain range in Antarctica

The Transantarctic Mountains comprise a mountain range of uplifted sedimentary rock in Antarctica which extend, with some interruptions, across the continent from Cape Adare in northern Victoria Land to Coats Land. These mountains divide East Antarctica and West Antarctica. They include a number of separately named mountain groups, which are often again subdivided into smaller ranges.


Elevations bordering the Beardmore Glacier, at the western extremity of these mountains, were observed by the British expeditions led by Ernest Shackleton (1907–09) and Robert Falcon Scott (1910-13), but the mountains as a whole were mapped by several American expeditions led by Richard Evelyn Byrd (1930s and 1940s), and United States Antarctic Program (USARP) and New Zealand Antarctic Research Program (NZARP) expeditions from the 1950s through the 1970s. [2]

Ernest Shackleton Anglo-Irish polar explorer

Sir Ernest Henry Shackleton was a British polar explorer who led three British expeditions to the Antarctic. He was one of the principal figures of the period known as the Heroic Age of Antarctic Exploration.

Robert Falcon Scott Royal Navy officer and explorer

Captain Robert Falcon Scott, was a British Royal Navy officer and explorer who led two expeditions to the Antarctic regions: the Discovery Expedition of 1901–1904 and the ill-fated Terra Nova Expedition of 1910–1913. On the first expedition, he set a new southern record by marching to latitude 82°S and discovered the Antarctic Plateau, on which the South Pole is located. On the second venture, Scott led a party of five which reached the South Pole on 17 January 1912, less than five weeks after Roald Amundsen's Norwegian expedition. A planned meeting with supporting dog teams from the base camp failed, despite Scott's written instructions, and at a distance of 150 miles from their base camp and 12 miles from the next depot, Scott and his companions died. When Scott and his party's bodies were discovered, they had in their possession the first Antarctic fossils ever discovered. The fossils were determined to be from the Glossopteris tree and proved that Antarctica was once forested and joined to other continents.

United States Antarctic Program

The United States Antarctic Program is an organization of the United States government which has presence in the continent of Antarctica. Founded in 1959, the USAP manages all U.S. scientific research and related logistics in Antarctica as well as aboard ships in the Southern Ocean.


Geographical features include:

Barton Mountains

Graphite Peak is a peak, 3,260 metres (10,700 ft) high, standing at the northeast end of a ridge running 3 nautical miles (6 km) northeast from Mount Clarke, just south of the head of Falkenhof Glacier in Antarctica. It was so named by the New Zealand Geological Survey Antarctic Expedition (1961–62) because of the graphite found on the peak.

Mount Clarke is a mountain, 3,210 metres (10,530 ft) high, located 13 miles (21 km) due east of Mount Iveagh in the Queen Maud Mountains. It rises along the east margin of the Snakeskin Glacier, near the edge of the interior ice plateau. It was discovered and named by the Southern Journey Party of the British Antarctic Expedition, 1907–09, under Ernest Shackleton.

Mount Usher is a distinctive mountain overlooking the south side of Keltie Glacier about 4 miles (6.4 km) southwest of the mouth of Brandau Glacier in Antarctica. Discovered and named by the British Antarctic Expedition (1907–09). Identification of this feature varied on subsequent maps. The present description follows the H.E. Saunders map of 1961 which has now been generally accepted.

Bush Mountains

Anderson Heights form a roughly rectangular snow-covered tableland, 7 nautical miles (13 km) long and 6 nautical miles (11 km) wide, with an elevation somewhat over 2,400 metres (7,900 ft), located between Mount Bennett and Mount Butters in the east part of the Bush Mountains of Antarctica. It was discovered and photographed by U.S. Navy Operation Highjump (1946–47) on the flights of February 16, 1947, and named by the Advisory Committee on Antarctic Names for Lieutenant George H. Anderson, a U.S. Navy pilot of Flight 8 of that date from Little America to the South Pole and return.

Kosco Glacier is a glacier about 20 nautical miles (40 km) long, flowing from the Anderson Heights vicinity of the Bush Mountains of Antarctica northward to enter the Ross Ice Shelf between Wilson Portal and Mount Speed. It was discovered by the United States Antarctic Service, 1939–41, and was named by the Advisory Committee on Antarctic Names for Captain George F. Kosco, U.S. Navy, chief aerologist and chief scientist of U.S. Navy Operation Highjump, 1946–47.

McIntyre Promontory is a promontory having the ground plan of a sharp V pointed toward the north, with steep cliffs on either flank, forming a part of the Bush Mountains at the head of Ramsey Glacier in Antarctica. It was discovered and photographed by U.S. Navy Operation Highjump on Flight 8A of February 16, 1947, and named by the Advisory Committee on Antarctic Names for Captain Eugene C. McIntyre, United States Marine Corps, copilot on this flight.

Commonwealth Range

Airdrop Peak is a twin-peaked mountain 890 metres (2,920 ft) high at the north end of Commonwealth Range, Antarctica. It is the first prominent feature in Ebony Ridge when approached from the northwest. When New Zealand surveyors were making observations from the higher of the two peaks on December 11, 1959, an R4D aircraft of U.S. Navy Squadron VX-6 flew overhead to drop a spare radio to the expedition whose original one had broken down. So named because of this incident by the New Zealand Alpine Club Antarctic Expedition, 1959–60.

Beardmore Glacier glacier in Antarctica

The Beardmore Glacier in Antarctica is one of the largest valley glaciers in the world, being 200 km (125 mi) long and having a width of 40 km (25 mi). It descends about 2,200 m (7,200 ft) from the Antarctic Plateau to the Ross Ice Shelf and is bordered by the Commonwealth Range of the Queen Maud Mountains on the eastern side and the Queen Alexandra Range of the Central Transantarctic Mountains on the western.

Beetle Spur is a rock spur 2 nautical miles (4 km) north of Mount Patrick in the Commonwealth Range. It descends from a small summit peak on the range to the east side of Beardmore Glacier. The spur was probably first seen by Shackleton's Southern Party in 1908. The name is descriptive of the appearance of the spur when viewed from the west, and was suggested by John Gunner of the Ohio State University Geological Expedition, 1969–70, who collected geological samples at the spur.

Dominion Range

Ashworth Glacier glacier in Antarctica

Ashworth Glacier is an Antarctic glacier with sharply delineated sides, flowing west from Supporters Range into Mill Glacier, 5 kilometres (3 mi) north of Mount Iveagh. It was named by the Advisory Committee on Antarctic Names in 2007, after Allan C. Ashworth, Professor of Paleontology and Stratigraphy at North Dakota State University. He discovered the only yet known fly and beetle fossils in Antarctica in the nearby Dominion Range.

Browns Butte is a bare rock butte at the north side of the mouth of Koski Glacier in the Dominion Range. It was named by the Advisory Committee on Antarctic Names for Craig W. Brown, United States Antarctic Research Program meteorologist at South Pole Station, 1963.

The Davis Nunataks are a small cluster of rock nunataks 3 nautical miles (6 km) northwest of Mount Ward, the feature being a southern outlier of the main body of the Dominion Range. The group was named by the Advisory Committee on Antarctic Names for Ronald N. Davis, a United States Antarctic Research Program geomagnetist-seismologist at South Pole Station, winter 1963.

Gothic Mountains

Grosvenor Mountains

Hays Mountains

Herbert Range

Hughes Range

La Gorce Mountains

Prince Olav Mountains

Quarles Range

Rawson Mountains

Supporters Range

Tapley Mountains

Other features

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Commonwealth Range mountain range in Antarctica

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Bowers Mountains

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Scott Glacier (Transantarctic Mountains)

The Scott Glacier is a major glacier, 120 miles (190 km) long, that drains the East Antarctic Ice Sheet through the Queen Maud Mountains to the Ross Ice Shelf. The Scott Glacier is one of a series of major glaciers flowing across the Transantarctic Mountains, with the Amundsen Glacier to the west and the Leverett and Reedy glaciers to the east.

The Hays Mountains are a large group of mountains and peaks of the Queen Maud Mountains of Antarctica, surmounting the divide between the lower portions of Amundsen Glacier and Scott Glacier and extending from the vicinity of Mount Thorne on the northwest to Mount Dietz on the southeast. They were discovered by Rear Admiral Richard E. Byrd on the South Pole flight of November 28–29, 1929, and mapped in part by the Byrd Antarctic Expedition geological parties to this area in 1929 and 1934. They were named by Byrd for Will H. Hays, former head of the Motion Picture Producers and Distributors of America.

Mühlig-Hofmann Mountains mountain range

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Norway Glacier is an Antarctic tributary glacier about 10 nautical miles (18 km) long, descending the polar plateau just west of Mount Prestrud, and flowing northeast to enter Amundsen Glacier between Mount Bjaaland and Mount Hassel, in the Queen Maud Mountains. Named by Advisory Committee on Antarctic Names (US-ACAN) in association with the many features named in this area for members of Amundsen's Norwegian expedition of 1910-12.

The La Gorce Mountains are a group of mountains, spanning 20 nautical miles (37 km), standing between the tributary Robison Glacier and Klein Glacier at the east side of the upper reaches of the Scott Glacier, in the Queen Maud Mountains of Antarctica. They were discovered in December 1934 by the Byrd Antarctic Expedition geological party under Quin Blackburn, and named by Richard E. Byrd for John Oliver La Gorce, Vice President of the National Geographic Society.


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