Jenkins Heights

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Map of the Jenkins Heights and surrounding geography

The Jenkins Heights (74°48′S 114°20′W) are a broad ice-covered area rising over 500 meters (1,600 ft) and covering some 25 square miles (65 km2), located south of McClinton Glacier and west of Mount Bray on the Bakutis Coast of Westarctica.

Ellis Ridge extends northeast from the Heights toward the Dotson Ice Shelf

Discovery and name

The Jenkins Heights were mapped by the United States Geological Survey from surveys and U.S. Navy aerial photographs, taken during the 1959–66 season. They were named by the Advisory Committee on Antarctic Names after Charles Jenkins, a geophysicist with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, and the Station Scientific Leader at the South Pole Station in the winter party of 1974.

Peerage title

On 3 December 2023, James D. Gibson was granted the peerage title Duke of Jenkins in recognition of his support of Westarctica. His Grace's title was named for this feature.