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Location of Half Moon Island.

Half Moon Island (South Shetland Islands)
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Half Moon Island (South Shetland Islands) minor subantarctic island, lying about 120 kilometres north of the Antarctic Peninsula.
Coordinates:62°35'44?S 59°54'12?W/62.59556°S 59.90333°W/-62.59556; -59.90333.

Half Moon Island has a sizable rookery of chinstrap penguins as well as nesting Antarctic terns and kelp gulls.
Whales are often seen patrolling the shores, and this small island offers stunning views of surrounding mountains.

Half Moon Island is a "small crescent shaped island nestled between Livingston and Greenwich Islands.
It is home to Chinstrap Penguins, some Antarctic (blue-eyed) Shags and Gentoo penguins.
Weddell & Fur Seals often haul out onshore and by the landing site there is the wreck of a small wooden boat.
Down towards the western end of the beach is Teniente Camara station with its huge Argentine flags emblazoned on the orange buildings.
The station has been sporadically staffed in recent years due to the Argentine economy, but is presently occupied by a friendly team who run a small gift shop they accept US$ or Argentinian Pesos."
Many thanks to the MV Polar Star Team. Webmaster.

Map

Red marker on map shows the location of Half Moon Island (South Shetland Islands),
L.L. Ivanov et al, Antarctica: Livingston Island and Greenwich Island, South Shetland Islands (from English Strait to Morton Strait).
Antarctic Place-names Commission of Bulgaria, Sofia, 2005.

For more information about Half Moon Island see Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

This page was retrieved and condensed from (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Half_Moon_Island) see Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia, April 2009.
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