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Robert Island
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Location of Robert Island in the South Shetland Islands
Geography
Location Antarctica
Archipelago South Shetland Islands
Area 132 km2 (51 sq mi)
Length 11 mi (18 km)
Width 8 mi (13 km)
Administration
Administered under the Antarctic Treaty System
Demographics
Population 0
Edwards Point Lighthouse

Antarctica

Location Edwards Point
Robert Island
South Shetland Islands
Antarctica
Coordinates 62°27′39″S 59°30′48″W / 62.460889°S 59.513361°W / -62.460889; -59.513361
Year first constructed n/a
Foundation concrete base
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.
Admiralty number G1386
NGA number 2732

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 62°24′S 59°30′W / 62.400°S 59.500°W / -62.400; -59.500. 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.

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Topographic map of Livingston Island, Greenwich, Robert, Snow and Smith Islands

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