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Andersson Island (labelled 9) amongst the island chain off the tip of the Antarctic Peninsula
Andersson is located in Antarctica
Location in Antarctica
Location Antarctic Sound
Coordinates 63°35′S 56°35′W / 63.583°S 56.583°W / -63.583; -56.583
Archipelago Joinville Island group
Adjacent bodies of water Hope Bay
Length 1.9 km (1.18 mi)
Highest elevation 435 m (1,427 ft)
Administered under the Antarctic Treaty System

Andersson Island is a 7 mi (11 km) long and 4 mi (6.4 km) wide volcanic island of the James Ross Island Volcanic Group, located at the eastern end of the Tabarin Peninsula, Antarctica.

The island was originally named Uruguay Island by the Swedish Antarctic Expedition, 1901-04, under Otto Nordenskjöld, after the Argentine ship Uruguay which participated in the rescue of the ship-wrecked Swedish Antarctic Expedition in 1903. It was ultimately renamed Andersson Island on November 21, 1949. It was named for Dr. Johan Gunnar Andersson (1874-1960), a Swedish geologist who had served on the Swedish Antarctic Expedition. The renaming was necessary to avoid confusion with Uruguay Island, located off the Graham Coast.

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