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Photograph of Mount Prince in 2016

Mount Prince (74°58′S 134°11′W) is a prominent butte (640 meters high) marking the far north end of the Perry Range on the coast of Westarctica.


During a 1968 biological survey of Marie Byrd Land Mount Prince was one of the few locations in Western Antarctica that was found to have all four forms of life the survey team was looking for: lichens, algae, mosses, and snow petrels. This can be attributed to the far northern location of the mountain, its relative proximity to the coastline, and the ease with which the survey team was able to ascend the butte.

Discovery and name

The mountain, and the entire Perry Range, was discovered and photographed from aircraft of the United States Antarctic Service during the 1939–41 season, and was mapped by United States Geological Survey from surveys and air photos collected over the years 1959-65. Mount Prince was named by the Advisory Committee on Antarctic Names in honor of ADR2 Joseph F. Prince, a U.S. Navy Aviation Machinist's Mate with Squadron VXE-6 who participated in several Operation Deep Freeze operations and wintered over at Little America V in 1956 and at McMurdo Station in 1966.