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The Possession Islands are a group of small islands and rocks extending over an area of about 7 miles (11 km), lying in the western part of the Ross Sea, lying 8 kilometres (5 mi) south-east of Cape McCormick and 17 kilometres (11 mi) east of Cape Roget, in Victoria Land, Antarctica. The Possession Islands were named by Captain James Clark Ross, Royal Navy, in commemoration of the planting of the British flag here on January 12, 1841.
Important Bird Area
A 276 ha (680 acres) site comprising the whole island d has been designated an Important Bird Area (IBA) by BirdLife International because it supports about 111,000 breeding pairs of Adélie penguins, based on ground counts made from 1981 to 2012. A significant south polar skua colony is also present on the island.
- Composite Antarctic Gazetteer
- List of Antarctic and Subantarctic islands
- List of Antarctic islands south of 60° S
- Territorial claims in Antarctica
- "Possession Island". BirdLife Data Zone. BirdLife International. 2015. Retrieved 21 November 2020.
- This article incorporates public domain material from the United States Geological Survey document: "Possession Islands". (content from the Geographic Names Information System)
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