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Australian flag Atlas Cove / Heard Island Australian flag

Latitude : 53°01 S
Longitude : 73°24 E Logo Google Earth

Time : UTC +5

The ANARE established its first station at Atlas Cove on 11th of December 1947. This was a prelude to the formal transfer of sovereignty from the United Kingdom to Australia, and the proclamation of the area as an Australian territory on 26th of December 1947.

The Atlas Cove Station was closed down on 9 March 1955. During its nine years of occupation, ninety-one expeditioners wintered on Heard Island. They studied the island's animals, plants and rocks, the region's weather and atmosphere and mapped the island.

Current intentions of Australian Antarctic Program are summer visits to the region approximately every three years over the next decade to undertake research, monitoring, and any required on-site management activities. The expeditions are generally multi-disciplinary, with shore parties consisting mostly of scientists, with several logistical support crew, who may stay on the island for a few weeks or months.


Credits : Information by Australian Antarctic Division. Pictures by Samuel Blanc, Roger Kirkwood, Gavin W. Johnstone, Eric Woehler and miscellaneous.
Music : Clannad - The best of in the lifetime - Of This Land / BMG 2003