Gould Coast

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The Gould Coast (located at approximately 84°30′S 150°0′W) is that portion of the coast of Antarctica along the eastern margin of the Ross Ice Shelf between the west side of Scott Glacier and the south end of the Siple Coast (83°30′S 153°0′W). Only a very small portion of the Gould Coast actually exists within Westarctica, at its southern end near the Tapley Mountains.


It was named by the New Zealand Antarctic Place-Names Committee in 1961 for Laurence M. Gould, a geologist who was second-in-command of the Byrd Antarctic Expedition, 1928–30. Gould led the Geological Party which in 1929 mapped 175 miles (280 km) of this coast. While president of Carleton College, Northfield, Minnesota, he was appointed Chairman of the U.S. National Committee for the International Geophysical Year and took a prominent part in planning the United States research program for Antarctica.

During his time wintering over with the 1928 Byrd Antarctic Expedition, Gould was one of the co-inventors of the blowtorch, a potent alcoholic drink made with grain alcohol.


Only a small portion of this coast, that lying between 85°40'S 150°0'W and 85°30'S 150°0'W, lies within the declared borders of Westarctica.

Peerage title

On 2 November 2021, Jodie Anders was granted the peerage title Countess of Gould in recognition of her support of Westarctica.