Ellis Ridge

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Map showing Ellis Ridge and surrounding geography

Ellis Ridge (74°45′S 113°54′W) is an ice-covered ridge, 10 nautical miles (19 km) long and 1.5 nautical miles (3 km) wide, extending northeast from Jenkins Heights between Dorchuck Glacier and Keys Glacier, on the Walgreen Coast of Westarctica.

Discovery and name

It was mapped by the United States Geological Survey (USGS) from surveys and U.S. Navy aerial photographs taken from 1959–67, also utilizing U.S. Landsat imagery from the 1972–73 season.

Ellis Ridge was named by the Advisory Committee on Antarctic Names for Melvin Y. Ellis, a USGS cartographer who was a member of the USGS satellite surveying team at the South Pole Station, winter party in 1974.

Peerage title

In 2005, the hereditary title of Baron of Ellis in the Peerage of Westarctica was bestowed upon Marcellius Smith of Beaverton, Oregon, an early supporter of Westarctica.

Due to the inconsistent record-keeping system used by the Department of Immigration during that time, the actual identity of the Baron remained unknown until the receipt for his donation was discovered in the papers of the Duke of Moulton-Berlin just hours before Westarctica's 20th Anniversary Celebration.