King George Island

Tour King George Island

United Kingdom
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Paul Carroll
Elephant Island
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Antarctica

King George Island is the southernmost and largest island of the South Shetland Islands in Antarctica. The island has a population of around 3,000 people living on it mainly in Grytviken and King Edward Point. It's home to many different species such as penguins, sea lions, elephant seals and much more!

The island consists mainly of rocky mountainous terrain with pristine beaches and abundant wildlife. Its nearest neighbor is Deception Island located 400 miles to the west across the Bransfield Straits which itself houses several research stations operated by 17 countries including Chile, Peru, Brazil and Argentina.

First time visitors are often struck with how striking this island really is. The views are simply surreal with looming mountains touching the clouds while jagged rocky cliffs plunge down into icy waters.

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Geeky Facts about King George Island

Fact 1

The island was first claimed by the British in 1819 and named after King George III.

Fact 2

This island covers 1300 square kilometres.

Fact 3

Tt supports year-round bases maintained by Argentina, Brazil, Chile, China, Poland, Russia, South Korea and Uruguay, all connected by more than 20km of roads and tracks.

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