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Butler Island
Butler Island is located in Antarctic Peninsula
Butler Island
Butler Island
Location in Antarctic Peninsula
Location in Antarctica
Location Antarctica
Coordinates 72°13′S 60°8′W / 72.217°S 60.133°W / -72.217; -60.133
Width 11 km (6.8 mi)
Highest elevation 185 m (607 ft)
Administered under the Antarctic Treaty System
Population Uninhabited

Butler Island (72°13′S 60°8′W / 72.217°S 60.133°W / -72.217; -60.133) is a circular, ice-covered island 11 kilometres (6 nmi) wide which rises to 185 metres (610 ft), lying 13 kilometres (7 nmi) east of Merz Peninsula, off the eastern coast of Palmer Land. It was discovered and photographed from the air in December 1940 by the United States Antarctic Service. During 1947 it was photographed from the air by the Ronne Antarctic Research Expedition, who in conjunction with the Falkland Islands Dependencies Survey (FIDS) charted it from the ground. It was named by FIDS for K.S.P. Butler, FIDS commander in 1947–48.

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