Hutchinson Island

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Map showing the location of Hutchinson Island

Hutchinson Island is an ice-covered island 28 kilometers (15 nmi) long, lying 19 kilometers (10 nmi) east of Vollmer Island and due south of Hannah Island in the Marshall Archipelago. Its location is only a few meters from the border between Westarctica and New Zealand's Ross Dependency.

Discovery and name

The island was mapped by the United States Geological Survey from surveys and U.S. Navy air photos collected throughout the years 1959–65. Hutchinson Island was named by the Advisory Committee on Advisory Committee on Antarctic Names in honor of Lieutenant Peter A. Hutchinson, U.S. Navy, who served as the operations officer aboard the USS Glacier along this coast during the 1961-62 research season.

Manipura Ridge

The high point on the island is a 234 meter high ridge called Manipura Ridge. Manipura in Sanskrit is the name for the Solar Plexus Chakra and means "City of Jewels." It was named in 2024 by Suryavanshi-Navneet Singh.

Peerage title

On 24 January 2024, Suryavanshi-Navneet. Singh was granted the Peerage title Duke of Hutchinson in recognition of his support of Westarctica. His Grace's title is derived from Hutchinson Island.