Thoreson Peak

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Thoreson Peak ( 77°44′S163°38′E / 77.733°S 163.633°E / -77.733; 163.633 Coordinates: 77°44′S163°38′E / 77.733°S 163.633°E / -77.733; 163.633 ) is one of the highest peaks (1200 m) on the rock bluffs at the south side of New Harbour on Scott Coast, Victoria Land. The peak is 3.2 nautical miles (6 km) west-southwest of Stewart Peak. Named by Advisory Committee on Antarctic Names (US-ACAN) (2000) after Ronald D. Thoreson, biology laboratory manager with the winter party at McMurdo Station, 1970.

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Scott Coast

Scott Coast is the portion of the coast of Victoria Land between Cape Washington and Minna Bluff. Named by New Zealand Antarctic Place-Names Committee (NZ-APC) in 1961 after Captain Robert Falcon Scott, Royal Navy, leader of the Discovery expedition (1901–04) and the British Antarctic Expedition (1910-13), who lost his life on the return journey from the South Pole. Much of the early exploration of this coastline was accomplished by Scott and his colleagues, and many of the names in the region were bestowed by him.

Victoria Land region of Antarctica

Victoria Land is a region of Antarctica which fronts the western side of the Ross Sea and the Ross Ice Shelf, extending southward from about 70°30'S to 78°00'S, and westward from the Ross Sea to the edge of the Antarctic Plateau. It was discovered by Captain James Clark Ross in January 1841 and named after the UK's Queen Victoria. The rocky promontory of Minna Bluff is often regarded as the southernmost point of Victoria Land, and separates the Scott Coast to the north from the Hillary Coast of the Ross Dependency to the south.

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