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East Antarctica

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East Antarctica

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Lenin's bust at the Pole of Inaccessibility

East Antarctica is a region of Antarctica. Although the term is a bit counterintuitive for a continent straddling the south pole (meaning one could continue traveling eastward indefinitely), it refers to the region's location in the "eastern" hemisphere, nearest Australia.


  • Adélie Land — comprising most of the home to France's Dumont d'Urville Station
  • Enderby Land — most interesting for the Enderby Land Coast Range of mountains up to 2830 meters tall, readily viewable from the Indian Ocean
  • Mac Robertson Land — home to the Prince Charles Mountains, forming a ridge along some 260 miles
  • Princess Elizabeth Land — housing a cluster of old research stations, as well as current stations operated by Australia (Davis Station) and Romania (Law Racovita Station)
  • Queen Mary Land — home of the Shackleton Ice Shelf
  • Queen Maud Land — a huge swath of Antarctic coastline, most of it bounded by impressive ice cliffs, containing a long list of research stations, including two of claimant Norway's; the unending Polar Plateau in the south of the region includes the highest ice formations on the continent, including Dome Argus (and the Pole of Inaccessibility)
  • Victoria Land — the land just west of the Ross Sea, with a good share of the beautiful and enormous Transantarctic Mountains
  • Wilkes Land — east of Victoria land is Wilkes Land, where you'll find Mawson's Huts, in Commonwealth Bay; you might also be interested to know that Wilkes Land was the fictional setting for much of the X Files movie


The Russian Vostok Research Station
  • Dumont d'Urville — Research Station (France)
  • Vostok — Antarctica's most isolated station, operated by Russia near the Southern Geomagnetic Pole; this is the main stop for expeditions crazy enough to try and reach the Southern Pole of Inaccessibility, and is the site of the lowest recorded temperature on Earth

Other destinations[edit]

  • Cape Denison - Commonwealth Bay (Mawson's Hut)
  • Mertz and Ninnis Glaciers
  • Southern Pole of Inaccessibility


At Mawson's Huts


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Dome C on the endless Antarctic Plateau
  • Dome Argus (Dome A). Antarctica's highest ice formation, located in Queen Maud Land on the Antarctic Plateau. Given its height, extreme continental climate, and proximity to both the South Pole and the Vostok Research Station (where the coldest temperature on Earth was recorded), its peak is suspected to be the coldest place in the world.  edit
  • Isachsen Mountain. The highest mountain of the East Antarctica Ranges, near the coast of Queen Maud Land.  edit
  • Mawson's Huts.  edit
  • Shackleton Ice Shelf.  edit
  • The Southern Pole of Inaccessibility.  edit
  • Vostok Research Station.  edit


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