Robert Island facts for kids
Location of Robert Island in the South Shetland Islands
|Archipelago||South Shetland Islands|
|Area||132 km2 (51 sq mi)|
|Length||11 mi (18 km)|
|Width||8 mi (13 km)|
|Administered under the Antarctic Treaty System|
South Shetland Islands
|Year first constructed||n/a|
|Construction||fiber glass tower|
|Tower shape||cylindrical tower|
|Markings / pattern||yellow tower with orange horizontal bands|
|Height||7 metres (23 ft)|
|Focal height||25 metres (82 ft)|
|Range||7 nautical miles (13 km; 8.1 mi)|
|Characteristic||Fl W 10s.|
Robert Island or Mitchells Island or Polotsk Island or Roberts Island is an island 11 miles (18 km) long and 8 miles (13 km) wide, situated between Nelson Island and Greenwich Island in the South Shetland Islands, Antarctica. Robert Island is located at . Surface area 132 km2 (51 sq mi). The name "Robert Island" dates back to around 1821 and is now established in international usage.
Much of the Coppermine Peninsula in the west of the island is made up by a perched strandflat surface that was in past at sea level.
Captain Richard Fildes may have named Robert Island for his brig Robert. Fildes was sealing in the South Shetlands in 1821–1822 until ice destroyed his vessel in March 1822. Fildes Strait is named for him.
- L.L. Ivanov et al. Antarctica: Livingston Island and Greenwich Island, South Shetland Islands. Scale 1:100000 topographic map. Sofia: Antarctic Place-names Commission of Bulgaria, 2005.
- L.L. Ivanov. Antarctica: Livingston Island and Greenwich, Robert, Snow and Smith Islands. Scale 1:120000 topographic map. Troyan: Manfred Wörner Foundation, 2009. ISBN: 978-954-92032-6-4
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