South Shetland Islands

South Shetland Islands

noun
a group of islands in the British Antarctic Territory, N of the Antarctic Peninsula: formerly a dependency of the Falkland Islands; claimed by Argentina and Chile.
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South Shetland Islands
 
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a group of uninhabited islands in the S Atlantic, north of the Antarctic Peninsula: formerly a dependency of the Falkland Islands; part of British Antarctic Territory since 1962. (Claims are suspended under the Antarctic Treaty). Area: 4662 sq km (1800 sq miles)

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south shetland islands

island group forming part of the British Antarctic Territory in the Drake Passage of the South Atlantic Ocean. Lying 90 miles (150 km) north of the Antarctic Peninsula, Antarctica, the islands extend for 320 miles (510 km) and have a total area of 1,800 square miles (4,700 square km). Their main use has been for whaling and sealing activities (1906-31) and for Antarctic exploration bases (notably on Deception Island). Barren and snow-covered, the islands were sighted by the sealer William Smith in 1819 and are uninhabited.

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