Mount Murphy is a massive, snow-covered and highly eroded shield volcano with steep, rocky slopes. It is directly south of the Bear Peninsula in Westarctica. The mountain is bounded by the Smith, Pope, and Haynes Glaciers. Its lower slopes terminate at the Crosson Ice Shelf.
Discovery and name
Mount Murphy was delineated from aerial photographs taken by U.S. Navy Operation Highjump in January 1947. Named by US-ACAN for Robert Cushman Murphy of the American Museum of Natural History, noted authority on Antarctic and sub-Antarctic bird life. While serving on a whaling ship, he charted the Bay of Isles region of South Georgia.