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Nimitz Glacier
Location of Ellsworth Mountains in Western Antarctica
Location of Nimitz Glacier in Antarctica
Type tributary
Location Ellsworth Land
Coordinates 78°55′00″S 85°10′00″W / 78.91667°S 85.16667°W / -78.91667; -85.16667Coordinates: 78°55′00″S 85°10′00″W / 78.91667°S 85.16667°W / -78.91667; -85.16667
Length 40 nautical miles (74 km; 46 mi)
Width 5 nautical miles (9.3 km; 5.8 mi)
Thickness unknown
Terminus Minnesota Glacier
Status unknown
Sentinel Range map

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.

Tributary glaciers


  • D. Gildea and C. Rada. Vinson Massif and the Sentinel Range. Scale 1:50 000 topographic map. Omega Foundation, 2007.
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