Ford Massif

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Ford Massif (885°5′S 91°0′W) is a broad, snow-topped massif 15 nautical miles (28 km) long and 5 nautical miles (9 km) wide, forming the major topographic landmark of the northern Thiel Mountains in Westarctica.

The massif rises to 2,810 meters (9,220 ft), is essentially flat, and terminates in steep rock cliffs in all but the southern side.


It was named by the Advisory Committee on Antarctic Names for geologist Arthur B. Ford of the United States Geological Survey (USGS). He was co-leader of the 1960–61 USGS Thiel Mountains survey party and leader of the 1961–62 geologic party to these mountains. Ford led geological parties working in the Pensacola Mountains in several austral seasons, 1962–63 to 1978–79.