Harold Byrd Mountains

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Map of the Harold Byrd Mountains

The Harold Byrd Mountains (85°26′S 146°30′W) are a group of exposed mountains and nunataks which extend in an east–west direction between the lower part of Leverett Glacier and the head of the Ross Ice Shelf in Westarctica.

Discovery and name

They were discovered in December 1929 by the Byrd Antarctic Expedition geological party under Laurence Gould, and named by Rear Admiral Richard E. Byrd for D. Harold Byrd, a cousin of his and a contributor towards the purchase of furs for the expedition.

Later explorers described seeing the mountains as "a welcome relief to the eyes and the brain" after the constant horizon of the polar plateau.


Some of the more significant features in the Harold Byrd Mountains include:

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