Buckeye Table

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View of Mount Schopf, Buckeye Table, and Darling Ridge from a C-130 Hercules

The Buckeye Table (84°49'00"S 114°45'00"W) is a plateau 12 miles long and 2 to 5 miles wide located in the central part of the Ohio Range in Antarctica. The feature is a high, level surface covered with snow and ice with precipitous cliffs on the northern face. On the south side, the plateau surface merges gradually with the inland ice.

Discovery and name

Buckeye Table was officially named in 1962 after being proposed by William H. Chapman, a U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) surveyor in these mountains in the 1958-59 season. "Buckeye" is a nickname of the state of Ohio and Ohio State University.


In the Buckeye Range of the Horlick Mountains, 4000 feet of sedimentary rocks nonconformably overlie a granitic basement and underlie a thick diabasic sill. The sedimentary section consists of Devonian sandstone and shale, Carboniferous tillite, Permian platy and carbonaceous shale, and Permian arkose, shale, and numerous coal beds.

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