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Barrientos Island
Barrientos Island from English Strait
Location of Aitcho Islands in the South Shetland Islands.
Barrientos Island is located in South Shetland Islands
Barrientos Island
Barrientos Island
Location in South Shetland Islands
Barrientos Island is located in Antarctica
Barrientos Island
Barrientos Island
Location in Antarctica
Location Antarctica
Coordinates 62°24′22″S 59°44′53″W / 62.40611°S 59.74806°W / -62.40611; -59.74806
Archipelago Aitcho group
Area 0.9234 km2 (0.3565 sq mi)
Length 1.71 km (1.063 mi)
Width 0.54 km (0.336 mi)
Administered under the Antarctic Treaty System
Population Uninhabited

Barrientos Island is an ice-free island in the Aitcho group on the west side of English Strait in the South Shetland Islands, Antarctica. Extending 1.71 by 0.54 km (1.063 by 0.336 mi), surface area 65 hectares (160 acres). The area was visited by early 19th century sealers. Barrientos Island is a popular tourist site frequented by Antarctic cruise ships.

The feature was named by the Chilean Antarctic Expedition in 1949.


Left:Topographic map of Livingston Island, Greenwich, Robert, Snow and Smith Islands. Center:The west extremity of Barrientos Island, with Ongley Island in the background, and Crutch Peaks, Greenwich Island on the left. Right:Gentoo Penguin rookery with columnar basalt cliffs in the background.

The midpoint is located at 62°24′22″S 59°44′53″W / 62.40611°S 59.74806°W / -62.40611; -59.74806 and the island is lying 280 m (310 yd) northwest of Cecilia Island, 4 km (2.5 mi) north-northwest of Spark Point, Greenwich Island, 1.1 km (0.68 mi) northeast of Dee Island, 1.52 km (0.94 mi) east of Sierra Island, 900 m (980 yd) southeast of Pasarel Island, 1.9 km (1.2 mi) south-southeast of Bilyana Island and 3.6 km (2.2 mi) south-southwest of Fort William, Robert Island (British mapping in 1968, Chilean in 1971, Argentine in 1980, and Bulgarian in 2005 and 2009).

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