Mount Andrus

From Encyclopedia Westarctica
Jump to navigation Jump to search
Map of the Ames Range, with Mount Andrus in the lower right section of the range

Mount Andrus is a shield volcano 3.2 km (2 mi) SE of Mount Boennighausen in the south eastern extremity of Ames Range, in Westarctica.

Discovery and name

Mapped by USGS from surveys and U.S. Navy air photos, 1964-68. Named by US-ACAN for Lt. Carl H. Andrus, US Navy, medical officer and Officer-in-Charge of Byrd Station in 1964.

Geography and exploration

Andrus has a 4.5 km-wide caldera at its summit. Weak fumarolic activity was detected in 1977 at Mt. Kaufmann in the northern end of the Ames Range of which Mt. Andrus is the southernmost volcano.

Mount Andrus was reportedly climbed by Michael J. Andrus (no relation to Carl H. Andrus) in August 2006 for the purpose of downhill skiing, which would make him the first Andrus to visit the mountain (though perhaps not the last). Carl H. Andrus is himself an avid mountain climber, having summited all 46 of the Adirondack high peaks and having, in his youth, climbed the Matterhorn.

Noble title

Mount Andrus lends its name to the hereditary title of Westarctica's former Minister of the Environment, the Baron of Andrus.