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Aspland Island
Aspland Island is located in Antarctica
Aspland Island
Aspland Island
Location in Antarctica
Location in Antarctica
Geography
Location Antarctica
Coordinates 61°28′S 55°55′W / 61.467°S 55.917°W / -61.467; -55.917
Administration
Administered under the Antarctic Treaty System
Demographics
Population Uninhabited


Aspland Island is a small island 7.4 km (4 nmi) west of Gibbs Island in the South Shetland Islands of Antarctica. The name dates back to at least 1821.

Moonlight Point (61°27′S 55°56′W / 61.450°S 55.933°W / -61.450; -55.933) is the northwest point of Aspland Island. It was so named by a Joint Services Expedition to the Elephant Island Group (JSEEIG) party canoeing from O'Brien Island to Aspland Island on January 3, 1977, because the point appeared silhouetted against a full moon. The name was approved by the UK Antarctic Place-Names Committee in 1980.

Birds

The island forms part of the Aspland Island and Eadie Island Important Bird Area, identified as such by BirdLife International because both islands support large colonies of chinstrap penguins and southern fulmars.

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