Encyclopedia of the World's Coastal Landforms

2010 Edition
| Editors: Eric C. F. Bird

Antarctic Coast

Reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4020-8639-7_250


The Antarctic coastline is just over 30,000 km long. Apart from studies of the ice-fringed coasts there have been few geomorphological studies of Antarctic coastal landforms, and work has understandably clustered around the locations of scientific bases in the Antarctic Peninsula and the Ross Sea. There has also been a preoccupation with the relationship between ancient coastlines and the glacial history of the continent. Geomorphological information on the relatively limited sectors of rocky and beach-fringed coastline is still very sparse. The coastline can be examined on Google Earth, and details of coastal segments can be seen on http://visibleearth.gov/view, but it is difficult to provide an along-the-coast account of the kind presented in other chapters. The present chapter is based on a review by Kirk (1985), advice from Janet Thomson and Adrian J. Fox of the British Antarctic Survey, and information obtained from Internet sources and from Stonehouse (2002).



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