Joinville Island

Joinville Island is the largest island of the Joinville Island group, about 40 nmi (74 kilometres) long in an east-west direction and 12 nmi (22 kilometres) wide, lying off the northeastern tip of the Antarctic Peninsula, from which it is separated by the Antarctic Sound. Joinville Island was discovered and charted roughly during 1838 by a French expedition commanded by Captain Jules Dumont d'Urville, who named it for Prince François, Prince of Joinville (1818–1900), the third son of Louis-Philippe, Duke of Orléans.[1] It is within the Argentine, British and Chilean Antarctic claims.

Joinville Island
Joinville Island
Coordinates63°15′S 55°45′W
ArchipelagoJoinville Island group
Area1,607 km2 (620 sq mi)
Length74 km (46 mi)
Width22 km (13.7 mi)
Administered under the Antarctic Treaty System


Joinville Island consists of a series of valleys and bays, including Suspiros Bay and Balaena Valley.

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