Thompson Peak (Antarctica)

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Thompson Peak ( 69°25′S157°40′E / 69.417°S 157.667°E / -69.417; 157.667 ) is a peak (980 m) 5 nautical miles (9 km) south of Ringgold Knoll in the northwest end of Wilson Hills. It was plotted by ANARE (Australian National Antarctic Research Expeditions) from aerial photographs taken by U.S. Navy Operation Highjump (1946–47) and ANARE (1959). It was named by Antarctic Names Committee of Australia (ANCA) for R. H. J. Thompson, Administrative Officer of the Antarctic Division, Melbourne, second-in-command of several ANARE expeditions to the Antarctic.

Ringgold Knoll is a mountain 9 nautical miles (17 km) south of Archer Point on the east side of Matusevich Glacier. On January 16, 1840, Lieutenant-Commandant Cadwalader Ringgold on the Porpoise, one of the ships of the United States Exploring Expedition (1838–42) under Wilkes, sighted a large dark mountain in this direction. It was named Ringgold's Knoll on the chart by Wilkes. In 1959 Phillip Law of ANARE made an investigation of features in the area. It was not possible to identify the feature sighted by Ringgold, but this mountain is in proper relationship to nearby Reynolds Peak and Eld Peak as indicated on Wilkes' chart. It was selected by Law of ANARE to perpetuate Wilkes' naming.

Wilson Hills is a group of scattered hills, nunataks and ridges that extend NW-SE for about 110 kilometres (68 mi) between Matusevich Glacier and Pryor Glacier in Antarctica. They were discovered by Lieutenant Harry Pennell, Royal Navy, on the Terra Nova Expedition in February 1911 during Robert Falcon Scott's last expedition, and named after Dr. Edward A. Wilson, a zoologist with the expedition, who perished with Scott on the return journey from the South Pole.

The Australian National Antarctic Research Expeditions is the historical name for the Australian Antarctic Program (AAp) administered for Australia by the Australian Antarctic Division (AAD).

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