Nimitz Glacier facts for kids
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Location of Ellsworth Mountains in Western Antarctica
|Length||40 nautical miles (74 km; 46 mi)|
|Width||5 nautical miles (9.3 km; 5.8 mi)|
The Nimitz Glacier is an Antarctic glacier, 40 nautical miles (74 km; 46 mi) long and 5 nautical miles (9.3 km; 5.8 mi) wide, draining the area about 10 nautical miles (19 km; 12 mi) west of the Vinson Massif and flowing southeast between the Sentinel Range and Bastien Range to enter Minnesota Glacier, in the central Ellsworth Mountains.
Discovered by USN Squadron VX-6 on photographic flights of December 14-December 15, 1959, and mapped by United States Geological Survey from these photos. Named by US-ACAN for Fleet Admiral Chester Nimitz, USN, who as Chief of Naval Operations at the time of Operation Highjump, 1947–1948, made possible that unprecedentedly large and complex Antarctic expedition.
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- D. Gildea and C. Rada. Vinson Massif and the Sentinel Range. Scale 1:50 000 topographic map. Omega Foundation, 2007.
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