Palmer Land

Palmer Land (71°30′S 065°00′W / 71.500°S 65.000°W / -71.500; -65.000Coordinates: 71°30′S 065°00′W / 71.500°S 65.000°W / -71.500; -65.000) is that portion of the Antarctic Peninsula, Antarctica that lies south of a line joining Cape Jeremy and Cape Agassiz. This application of Palmer Land is consistent with the 1964 agreement between US-ACAN and UK-APC, in which the name Antarctic Peninsula was approved for the major peninsula of Antarctica, and the names Graham Land and Palmer Land for the northern and southern portions, respectively.

Antarctic Peninsula with Palmer Land visible below and south of Graham Land
The Antarctic Peninsula is shown at the left side of the map of Antarctica; Palmer Land (unlabeled) is visible between Graham Land and Marie Byrd Land



In its southern extreme, the Antarctic Peninsula stretches west, with Palmer Land eventually bordering Ellsworth Land along the 80° W line of longitude. Palmer Land is bounded in the south by the ice-covered Carlson Inlet, an arm of the Filchner Ice Shelf, which crosses the 80° W line. This is the base of Cetus Hill.

This feature is named after Captain Nathaniel B. Palmer; an American sealer who explored the Antarctic Peninsula area southward of Deception Island in the sloop Hero in November, 1820.[1]



  1. Howgego, Raymond (2004). Encyclopedia of Exploration (Part 2: 1800 to 1850). Potts Point, NSW, Australia: Hordern House.

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