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Mount Discovery
Mt Discovery, from McMurdo.jpg
Mt. Discovery seen from Pegasus Field, January 2013
Highest point
Elevation 2,681 m (8,796 ft)
Prominence 1,637 m (5,371 ft)
Listing Ultra
Age of rock Pliocene-to-Pleistocene
Mountain type Stratovolcano
Volcanic belt McMurdo Volcanic Group
Last eruption 1.87 million years ago

Mount Discovery is a conspicuous, isolated stratovolcano, lying at the head of McMurdo Sound and east of Koettlitz Glacier, overlooking the NW portion of the Ross Ice Shelf. It forms the center of a three-armed mass of which Brown Peninsula is one extension to the north; Minna Bluff is a second to the east; the third is Mount Morning to the west.

Discovered by the British National Antarctic Expedition (1901–04) and named for their expedition ship Discovery.

McMurdo Sound und Ross-Insel
Satellite image map
Topographic map of the Mount Discovery (1:250,000 scale) from USGS Mount Discovery
Discovery with Lenticular
Mt Discovery with lenticular cloud seen from North East
North Slope, Mount Discovery
Geologic formations on Mount Discovery's north slope


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