Tiw Valley ( Coordinates: ) is a valley lying eastward of Odin Valley in the Asgard Range, Victoria Land. The feature is one in a group in this range named from Norse mythology, Tiw being the god of rules and regulations in war and peace. The name was suggested by Advisory Committee on Antarctic Names (US-ACAN) in consultation with the New Zealand Antarctic Place-Names Committee (NZ-APC).
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Odin Valley is an ice free valley immediately east of Mount Odin in the Asgard Range, Victoria Land. Named by New Zealand Antarctic Place-Names Committee (NZ-APC) in association with Mount Odin.
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The Quartermain Mountains are a group of exposed mountains in Antarctica, about 32 kilometers long, typical of ice-free features of the McMurdo Dry Valleys, Victoria Land, located south of Taylor Glacier and bounded by Finger Mountain, Mount Handsley, Mount Feather and Tabular Mountain; also including Knobhead, Terra Cotta Mountain, New Mountain, Beacon Heights, Pyramid Mountain, Arena Valley, Kennar Valley, Turnabout Valley and the several valleys and ridges within Beacon Valley.
The Asgard Range is a mountain range in Victoria Land, Antarctica. It divides Wright Valley from Taylor Glacier and Taylor Valley, and was named by the Victoria University of Wellington Antarctic Expedition (VUWAE) (1958–59) after Asgard, the home of the Norse gods.
Alberich Glacier is a small glacier that drains west from Junction Knob toward the east flank of Sykes Glacier, in the Asgard Range, Victoria Land, Antarctica. It is one in a group of features in the range named by New Zealand Antarctic Place-Names Committee mainly from Norse mythology. In German legend, Alberich is the all-powerful king of the dwarfs and chief of the Nibelungen.
Priscu Valley is an upland ice-free valley on the east side of Prentice Plateau in Antarctica's Olympus Range. The valley opens north to the head of McKelvey Valley. Named by Advisory Committee on Antarctic Names (US-ACAN) (2004) after John C. Priscu, Department of Biological Sciences, Montana State University, Bozeman, Montana; United States Antarctic Program (USAP) investigator in the McMurdo Dry Valleys, 1984-2002.
Barnacle Valley is an ice-free valley 3 nautical miles (6 km) west-southwest of Dotson Ridge in the Convoy Range of Victoria Land. The name is one of a group of nautical names in the Convoy Range, this one applied by the 1989–90 New Zealand Antarctic Research Program field party with reference to the low and blocky floor of this valley, which has unusually large ice wedge polygon hummocks.
Odin Glacier is a small glacier that drains the west slopes of Mount Odin in the Asgard Range, Victoria Land. Named by New Zealand Antarctic Place-Names Committee (NZ-APC) in association with Mount Odin. It is separated from Alberich Glacier by Junction Knob.
Colosseum Cliff is an impressive banded cliff located between Sykes Glacier and the doleritic rock of Plane Table in the Asgard Range, Victoria Land. The descriptive name, suggestive of the Colosseum in Rome, was applied by the New Zealand Antarctic Place-Names Committee.
Newcomer Glacier is a glacier 20 nautical miles long transecting the north part of the Sentinel Range, flowing from the vicinity of Allen Peak southeast between Gromshin Heights and the main ridge of range, and then east between Gromshin Heights and Sostra Heights to where it leaves the Sentinel Range north of Bracken Peak and south of Foros Spur. Named by the Advisory Committee on Antarctic Names (US-ACAN) for Commander Loyd E. Newcomer of U.S. Navy Squadron VX-6, pilot on photographic flights over the range on December 14–15, 1959.
Junction Knob is a descriptive name given by the New Zealand Antarctic Place-Names Committee to a small but distinctive peak at the junction of Odin Glacier and Alberich Glacier névé areas in the Asgard Range, Victoria Land, Antarctica.
Koenig Valley is an ice-free valley just east of Mount Thor in the Asgard Range of Victoria Land, Antarctica. It was named by the Advisory Committee on Antarctic Names for Ervon R. Koenig, a scientific leader at McMurdo Station with the 1972 winter party and station manager there in the 1973–74 and 1974–75 seasons.
Murphy Valley is an upland valley on the northeast side of Mount Booth in east Olympus Range, McMurdo Dry Valleys. The valley opens north to Victoria Valley. Named by Advisory Committee on Antarctic Names (US-ACAN) (2004) after Kenneth W. Murphy, Jr., United States Geological Survey (USGS) cartographic technician, a member of USGS satellite surveying teams at the South Pole Station during two winters, 1981 and 1987.
Stuiver Valley is a high hanging valley, largely ice free, between Mount Circe and Mount Dido on the west and Mount Boreas on the east, in the Olympus Range, Victoria Land. Named by Advisory Committee on Antarctic Names (US-ACAN) in 1997 after Minze Stuiver, geochemist, Quaternary Research Center, University of Washington, Quaternary specialist in dating Antarctic samples with United States Antarctic Research Program (USARP) from 1969 to the time of naming; authority on the glacial history of the McMurdo Sound region and McMurdo Dry Valleys, the location of this valley.
Plane Table is a distinctive ice free mesa in the north part of the Asgard Range, Victoria Land. This flattish feature surmounts the area between Nibelungen Valley and the Sykes Glacier and commands an extensive view of Wright Valley. A descriptive name given by New Zealand Antarctic Place-Names Committee (NZ-APC).
Fenrir Valley is a small, mainly ice-free valley between the upper reaches of Heimdall Glacier and Rhone Glacier in the Asgard Range of Victoria Land, Antarctica. The name, applied by the New Zealand Antarctic Place-Names Committee and the Advisory Committee on Antarctic Names in consultation, is one in a group in the range derived from Norse mythology, wherein Fenrir is a wolf chained by Tīw.
Mime Glacier is a small glacier at the south (upper) end of Tiw Valley in the Asgard Range of Victoria Land, Antarctica. The name is one in a group given by the New Zealand Antarctic Place-Names Committee from Norse mythology. In Der Ring des Nibelungen, Mime is the smith who aids Siegfried to win the ring and is slain by the hero for his treachery.
Linnaeus Terrace is a rock terrace on the north side of Oliver Peak in the Asgard Range of Victoria Land, Antarctica. It is protected under the Antarctic Treaty System as Antarctic Specially Protected Area No.138 because it is one of the richest known sites for the cryptoendolithic communities that colonise the Beacon Sandstone.
Maya Mountain is a small pyramidal mountain, about 2,000 metres (6,600 ft) high, between Aztec Mountain and Pyramid Mountain, just south of Taylor Glacier in Victoria Land, Antarctica. It was so named by the New Zealand Geological Survey Antarctic Expedition (1958–59) because its shape resembles the pyramidal ceremonial platforms used by the Maya civilization.
The Cruzen Range is a mountain range that rises to 1600 m in Vashka Crag and extends west to east for 10 nautical miles (19 km) between Salyer Ledge and Nickell Peak in the McMurdo Dry Valleys, Victoria Land. The range is bounded to north, east, south and west by the Clare Range, Victoria Valley, Barwick Valley, and the Webb Glacier. Named by the Advisory Committee on Antarctic Names in 2005 after Rear Admiral Richard H. Cruzen, commander of Task Force 68 during the U.S. Navy Antarctic Developments Project, 1946-47.
Crawford Valley is a valley which is ice free except at the headwall, lying between Deshler Valley and Bowser Valley in the Saint Johns Range of Victoria Land. Named by the Advisory Committee on Antarctic Names in 2005 after photographer Neelon Crawford, a participant in the National Science Foundation’s Antarctic Artists and Writers Program for five field seasons, from 1989 to 1994.