- Annenkov Island
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Geography Coordinates Archipelago South Georgia Islands Length 4 mi (6 km) Highest elevation 650 m (2,130 ft) CountryUnited Kingdom Demographics Population Uninhabited
Annenkov Island (Pickersgill Islands are its south west. It is irregularly-shaped and 4 miles (6 km) long and 650 m (2,130 ft) high, lying 8 miles (13 km) off the south-central coast of South Georgia.) is to the west of the main island of South Georgia. The
It was discovered in January 1775 by a British expedition under James Cook, who named it Pickersgills Island for Lieutenant Richard Pickersgill of the expedition ship HMS Resolution. Resighted in 1819 by a Russian expedition under Fabian Gottlieb von Bellingshausen on the Mikhail Annenkov, officer on the expedition ship. The name Pickersgill has become established for a group of islands 15 miles (24 km) to the southeast — see Pickersgill Islands.
A Site of Special Scientific Interest, Annenkov is one of the few rat-free islands of the South Georgia archipelago. And as Bellinghausen lamented there is "not a single shrub nor any vegetation" on the island.
500 wandering albatross pairs breed here.
Landings are only allowed here with permission.
Annenkov's highest point is Olstad Peak (), which rises to 650 m (2,130 ft). Olstad Peak was surveyed by the South Georgia Survey in the period 1951–57, and named by the United Kingdom Antarctic Place-Names Committee for Ola Olstad, Norwegian zoologist, member of the Norwegian expedition under Harald Horntvedt, 1927–28, and chief scientist of the Norwegian expedition under Nils Larsen, 1928-29.
It is one of the few places in South Georgia where fossils may be found.
Intrusion Lake Location Annenkov Island, South Georgia Coordinates Basin countries (South Georgia)
Intrusion Lake (lake, 0.2 miles (0.3 km) long, located north-northeast of Olstad Peak in central Annenkov Island. Mapped by the British Antarctic Survey in 1972–73 and so named because its irregular shape is controlled by several intrusions of andesite along its north shore.) is a
- Composite Antarctic Gazetteer
- History of South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands
- List of Antarctic islands north of 60° S
- Scientific Committee on Antarctic Research
- Stonehouse, B (ed.) Encyclopedia of Antarctica and the Southern Oceans (2002, ISBN 0 471 9866 58)
- This article incorporates public domain material from the United States Geological Survey document "Annenkov Island" (content from the Geographic Names Information System).
South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands General Settlements and whaling stations South Georgia Islands South Sandwich Islands LandmarksAllardyce Range · Fortuna Glacier · Gold Harbour · Larsen Harbour · Mount Belinda · Mount Paget · Peggotty Bluff · Salisbury Plain · Salvesen Range · Southern Thule · Thatcher Peninsula · Grace Glacier · Lucas Glacier · Bay of Isles · Point Abrahamsen · Sheep Point · Stromness Bay · Cumberland Bay · Possession Bay · Sheer Point · Busen Point
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