Hamilton Ice Piedmont

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The Hamilton Ice Piedmont (74°30′S 110°18′W) is an ice piedmont, 8 nautical miles (15 km; 9.2 mi) wide, to the east of Wyatt Hill on the Bear Peninsula.

A "piedmont" is a geographic term for any lake or glacier at the base of a mountain. This feature is notable for being one of only two piedmonts in Westarctica.

Discovery and name

The ice piedmont was mapped by the USGS using surveys and United States Navy aerial photographs collected during the years 1959-66. The Hamilton Ice Piedmont was named in 1977 by US-ACAN after Robert Hamilton, a meteorologist from the University of California, Davis who served as the USARP Station Scientific Leader at South Pole Station during the winter of 1975.


Peerage title

On 17 June 2024, Michael Simpson was granted the peerage title Duke of Hamilton in recognition of his support of Westarctica's goals. His Grace's title is so-named for this feature.