Low Island, South Shetland Islands

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Low Island

South Shetland Islands
(British Antarctic Territory)


Location of Low Island in the South Shetland Islands

Location: 63°16’60"S, 62°8’60"W

Low Island is an island 9 miles long and 5 miles wide, lying 14 miles southeast of Smith Island in the South Shetland Islands, within the British Antarctic Territory. The island is separated from Smith Island by Osmar Strait.

Low Island was so named because of its low elevation. It was known to sealers in 1820, and the name ‘Low Island’ has been established in international usage for 100 years. A historical name was 'Jameson Island' or 'Jamesons Island'


Outside links

  • Gazetteer and Map of The British Antarctic Territory: Low Island


The South Shetland Islands, British Antarctic Territory

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