Rothera Point

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Rothera Point is a point at the east side of the entrance to Ryder Bay, on the south-east coast of Adelaide Island, Antarctica. It was charted by the French Antarctic Expedition (1908-1910) under Charcot. It was later named by the United Kingdom Antarctic Place-Names Committee (UK-APC) in 1960 for John M. Rothera (1934-)[1], Falkland Islands Dependencies Survey (FIDS) surveyor at the Horseshoe Island station in 1957 and at Detaille Island in 1958.[2]

Antarctic Specially Protected Area[edit]

The point is protected as Antarctic Specially Protected Area (ASPA) No.129 so that it would serve as a biological research site and control area against which the environmental impact of the adjacent Rothera Research Station could be monitored in an Antarctic fellfield ecosystem.[3]


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  2. ^ "Geographic Names of the Antarctic"; compiled and edited by Fred G. Alberts; Washington, DC; National Science Foundation, 1981; p. 726.
  3. ^ "Rothera Point, Adelaide Island" (PDF). Management Plan for Antarctic Specially Protected Area No. 129: Measure 1, Annex B. Antarctic Treaty Secretariat. 2007. Retrieved 2013-06-12.

 This article incorporates public domain material from the United States Geological Survey document "Rothera Point" (content from the Geographic Names Information System).

Coordinates: 67°34′S 68°8′W / 67.567°S 68.133°W / -67.567; -68.133