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Notice of Final Decision to Assign Place Names in the Ross Dependency Area, Antarctica

Notice is hereby given of the final decisions of the New Zealand Geographic Board to assign the names stated in the first column of the Schedule below, to the places described in the second column of the said Schedule and that such decisions shall take effect on 20 February 2001.
Schedule
Ross Island-New Names
Keys Point 77º14´S, 166º022´E. A projecting point of land at McDonald Beach, 1.61 kilometres north-west of Inclusion Hill in north-west Ross Island.
Takahe Nunatak 77º13´S, 166º48´E. The northern of two similar nunataks that lie 0.48 kilometres apart and 5.31 kilometres north north-east of Mount Bird in north-west Ross Island. It rises to approximately 1100 metres and, like Kakapo Nunatak close south-west, appears to be part of an ice-covered crater rim.
Kakapo Nunatak 77º13´S, 166º48´E. The southern of two similar nunataks that lie 0.48 kilometres apart and 5.31 kilometres north north-east of Mount Bird in north-west Ross Island. It rises to approximately 1200 metres and, like Takahe Nunatak close north-east, appears to be part of an ice-covered crater rim.
Norman Crag 77º14´S, 166º45´E. A rugged nunatak 3.54 kilometres north of the summit of Mount Bird, Ross Island. The feature has a divided summit area and rises to over 1400 metres.
Ruru Crests 77º14´S, 166º38´E. Two parallel rock ridges 3.54 kilometres north-west of the summit of Mount Bird, Ross Island. The feature rises to approximately 1400 metres.
Nash Peak 77º15´S, 166º45´E. A prominent peak 2.25 kilometres north of the Mount Bird summit in north-west Ross Island. The feature rises to over 1600 metres.
Wong Peak 77º15´S, 166º50´E. A peak 2.57 kilometres north-east of the summit of Mount Bird in north-west Ross Island. The feature rises to over 1600 metres.
Beeby Peak 77º15´S, 166º54´E. A peak 3.86 kilometres east north-east of the summit of Mount Bird in north-west Ross Island. The feature rises to approximately 1400 metres.
Keys Hill 77º17´S, 166º35´E. A hill (approximately 1100 metres) located at the head of Shearwater Glacier, 3.54 kilometres west south-west of the summit of Mount Bird in north-west Ross Island.
Kea Nunataks 77º17´S, 166º51´E. A line of several nunataks 1.93 kilometres south-east of the summit of Mount Bird, Ross Island. The feature trends north-west/south-east and is 2.41 kilometres long.
Kaka Nunatak 77º17´S, 166º52´E. The most prominent of the Kea Nunataks, rising to approximately 1400 metres near the centre of the group. It stands 3.22 kilometres south-east of the summit of Mount Bird in
north-west Ross Island.
Tazieff Rocks 77º27´S, 166º30´E. A nunatak 1.29 kilometres south-east of Micou Point, Ross Island. It rises to approximately 200 metres at the south end of Endeavour Piedmont Glacier.
Krall Crags 77º27´S, 166º48´E. Two rock summits rising to over 1400 metres on the north-west slope of Mount Erebus, Ross Island. The feature is 1.93 kilometres north-west of Abbott Peak.
Tarr Nunatak 77º29´S, 166º53´E. A nunatak rising to approximately 1700 metres on the north-west slope of Mount Erebus, Ross Island. The feature is 1.93 kilometres south south-west of Abbott Peak.
Alcorta Rocks 77º30´S, 166º22´E. A nunatak on the east shore of Maumee Bight, Ross Island, 2.57 kilometres east north-east of Rocky Point. The feature rises to approximately 100 metres and is distinctive because three ridges radiate from the centre.
Cashman Crags 77º32´S, 166º51´E. Two rock summits at approximately 1500 metres on the west slope of Mount Erebus, Ross Island. The feature is 0.97 kilometres south-west of Hoopers Shoulder.
Tech Crags 77º37´S, 166º45´E. A narrow broken ridge 3.22 kilometres south of Williams Cliff on Ross Island. The feature rises to approximately 1000 metres and marks a declivity along the north flank of broad Turks Head Ridge, from which ice moves to Pakaru Icefalls.
Grazyna Bluff 77º38´S, 166º49´E. A rock bluff rising to approximately 600 metres in the south part of Turks Head Ridge, Ross Island. The bluff is 2.41 kilometres north north-east of Turks Head.
Esser Bluff 77º38´S, 166º54´E. A rock bluff rising to approximately 600 metres on the south-east margin of Turks Head Ridge, Ross Island. The bluff is 1.77 kilometres east north-east of Grazyna Bluff.
Centipede Nunatak 77º45´S, 166º53´E. A narrow nunatak that is 0.48 kilometres long, located 1.29 kilometres north-west of Ford Rock in central Hut Point Peninsula, Ross Island.
Rodgers Point 77º46´S, 166º47´E. A point 4.02 kilometres north-east of Knob Point on the west side of Hut Point Peninsula, Ross Island.
Ackley Point 77º47´S, 166º55´E. An ice-covered point 1.61 kilometres south-east of Cone Hill on the east side of Hut Point Peninsula, Ross Island. The point is elevated at the juncture with McMurdo Ice Shelf.
Sheppard Crater 77º48´S, 166º50´E. A distinctive breached crater rising to 200 metres, about 1.29 kilometres east of Castle Rock on Hut Point Peninsula, Ross Island.
Polar Bear Point 77º49´S, 166º51´E. An ice-covered point 1.93 kilometres south-east of Castle Rock on the east side of Hut Point Peninsula, Ross Island. A breached crater stands 1.13 kilometres north north-west but no rock is exposed on the point, which is well defined and elevated at the juncture with McMurdo Ice Shelf.

Te Puna Roimata Peak 77º27´S, 167º34´E. A peak (approximately 890 metres) located 2.41 kilometres west of Terra Nova Glacier and 3.22 kilometres south of Lewis Bay on the lower north-east slope of Mount Erebus, Ross Island. Named to mark the site of the Air New Zealand DC 10 plane (flight 901) that crashed in 1979 near this peak. Te Puna Roimata means spring of tears.
Coleman Peak 77º29´S, 167º29´E. A peak rising to approximately 1600 metres on the north-east slope of Mount Erebus, Ross Island, 5.79 kilometres east of the summit of Fang Ridge.
Millennium Peak 77º30´S, 167º27´E. A peak rising to approximately 1800 metres on the north-east slope of Mount Erebus, Ross Island, 6.44 kilometres east north-east of the Erebus summit.
Oamaru Peak 77º28´S, 167º54´E. A peak 3.22 kilometres north of Mount Terra Nova on Ross Island. The feature rises to approximately 1000 metres, 1.61 kilometres north of Caldwell Peak.
Caldwell Peak 77º29´S, 167º54´E. A peak 1.61 kilometres north of Mount Terra Nova on Ross Island. The feature rises to approximately 1300 metres, 1.61 kilometres south of Oamaru Peak.
Joyce Peak 77º28´S, 168º12´E. A peak rising to over 1400 metres in the north central part of Ross Island. It stands west of the main summits of Giggenbach Ridge and 8.53 kilometres south-east of Wyandot Point.
Giggenbach Ridge 77º28´S, 168º20´E. A north-south chain of summits, 8.05 kilometres long, located to the west
north-west of Mount Terror on Ross Island. The ridge rises to approximately 2400 metres west of Mount Terror but descends to 1320 metres at the north end.
Barker Peak 77º30´S, 168º18´E. A peak 5.79 kilometres west north-west of Mount Terror on Ross Island. The feature rises to approximately 2200 metres and is the western of two peaks near the south end of Giggenbach Ridge.
Kristin Peak 77º26´S, 168º19´E. A peak rising to over 1300 metres at the north end of Giggenbach Ridge on Ross Island. The feature is 7.24 kilometres south of Cape Tennyson.
Manahan Peak 77º29´S, 168º26´E. A prominent peak 1.61 kilometres east of Giggenbach Ridge in north-east Ross Island. The peak rises to over 2000 metres, 4.18 kilometres north-west of the summit of Mount Terror.
Mount Sutherland 77º30´S, 168º28´E. A peak 2.25 kilometres west north-west of the summit of Mount Terror on Ross Island. The feature rises to approximately 2500 metres.
Moore Peak 77º31´S, 168º27´E. A peak rising to approximately 2500 metres on the west slope of Mount Terror, Ross Island. The peak is 2.57 kilometres west south-west of the summit of Mount Terror and 1.61 kilometres south of Mount Sutherland.
Kienle Nunataks 77º28´S, 168º36´E. Three aligned nunataks to the north of Mount Terror in north-east Ross Island.
The nunataks trend east-west for 1.61 kilometres and rise to approximately 1700 metres. The central nunatak is 4.02 kilometres north north-east of the Mount Terror summit.
Ohau Peak 77º30´S, 168º42´E. A sharp rock peak 3.06 kilometres north-east of the summit of Mount Terror on Ross Island. The feature rises to approximately 2400 metres and is central in three aligned summits 1.29 kilometres north of Mount Mclntosh.
Mount McIntosh 77º31´S, 168º41´E. A mountain rising to approximately 2600 metres in the west part of Kyle Hills, Ross Island. It stands at the north-west end of Lofty Promenade, 2.41 kilometres east of the summit of Mount Terror. The mountain is conspicuous because of diagonal bands of rock and ice on the north face.
Tekapo Ridge 77º30´S, 168º52´E. A crescent-shaped chain of low peaks 1.61 kilometres long in Kyle Hills, Ross Island. The ridge descends south-west/north-east from Scanniello Peak (approximately 2200 metres) to Parawera Cone (approximately 1300 metres).
Parawera Cone 77º29´S, 168º59´E. A cone rising to approximately 1300 metres at the north-east end of Tekapo Ridge in Kyle Hills, Ross Island. The cone is 1.61 kilometres north-west of Ainley Peak. Parawera means cold, dry south wind.
Mount Melton 77º31´S, 168º52´E. A squarish mountain 2.09 kilometres west of Tent Peak in Kyle Hills, Ross Island. The feature rises to approximately 2000 metres on the north side of Lofty Promenade.
Lofty Promenade 77º31´S, 168º52´E. An inclined glacial course, 11.27 kilometres long and 1.61 kilometres wide, in the east part of Ross Island. The feature is partly framed between the south elements of the Kyle Hills and Guardrail Ridge, as it descends east south-east from 2600 metres near Mount Terror to 200 metres near Allen Rocks. The glacial surface is relatively smooth and affords an unobstructed route between the Cape Crozier area and Mount Terror.
Guardrail Ridge 77º32´S, 168º50´E. A ridge 3.22 kilometres long located 3.22 kilometres west south-west of The Tooth in the Kyle Hills, Ross Island. The ridge rises to 2200 metres at Sherve Peak.
Sherve Peak 77º31´S, 168º46´E. A peak rising to 2200 metres in the west part of Guardrail Ridge in Kyle Hills,
Ross Island.
Coughran Peak 77º32´S, 168º53´E. A peak rising to approximately 1700 metres at the east end of Guardrail Ridge in Kyle Hills, Ross Island.
Lutz Hill 77º32´S, 169º02´E. A hill rising to approximately 1000 metres, 1.61 kilometres south-east of The Tooth in Kyle Hills, Ross Island.
Panter Ridge 77º33´S, 169º03´E. A solitary ridge 0.80 kilometres long in the south part of Kyle Hills, Ross Island. The feature rises to 800 metres between Slattery Peak and Detrick Peak.
Detrick Peak 77º32´S, 169º06´E. A sharp peak, approximately 700 metres, standing 1.61 kilometres east south-east of Lutz Hill in the Kyle Hills, Ross Island.
Allen Rocks 77º33´S, 169º09´E. A small but distinctive group of rocks 3.54 kilometres east north-east of Slattery Peak in Kyle Hills, Ross Island. The feature includes a central nunatak that in outline resembles the letter "a". A low ridge encloses the nunatak except on the south.
Ponui Nunatak 77º35´S, 169º01´E. A nunatak located 0.97 kilometres south-east of Slattery Peak and 9.01 kilometres south-west of The Knoll in south-east Ross Island. The feature rises to 320 metres near the juncture of the island and Ross Ice Shelf. Ponui means wind that comes from the south.
Kaminuma Bluff 77º36´S, 168º57´E. A bold ice-covered bluff that rises to over 200 metres near the shore in south-east Ross Island. The bluff is midway between Cape Mackay and Cape Crozier.
Warren Ridge 77º28´S, 169º05´E. A south-west/north-east ridge 3.22 kilometres long on the north slope of Kyle Hills, Ross Island. The ridge rises to approximately 1100 metres at the south-west end and culminates in Dibble Peak, 1.61 kilometres north of Ainley Peak.
Dibble Peak 77º29´S, 169º03´E. A peak 3.70 kilometres south-west of Post Office Hill in Kyle Hills, Ross Island. The peak rises to approximately 1100 metres and marks the highest and south-western-most point of Warren Ridge.
Tarakaka Peak 77º30´S, 169º09´E. A peak 2.09 kilometres east north-east of Ainley Peak in the Kyle Hills, Ross Island. The feature rises to approximately 700 metres. Tarakaka means south-west wind.
Gamble Cone 77º28´S, 169º14´E. A cone 0.97 kilometres south south-east of Post Office Hill in the Kyle Hills, Ross Island. The feature rises to approximately 400 metres.
Mumu Nunatak 77º27´S, 169º04´E. A nunatak in the north part of Kyle Hills, Ross Island. The feature is 3.22 kilometres west south-west of Towle Point and 0.97 kilometres inland from steep cliffs that form the north-east edge of the island. The name Mumu meaning boisterous wind.
Palais Bluff 77º19´S, 166º33´E. An ice-free coastal bluff rising to over 400 metres between the terminus of Sheathbill Glacier and Quaternary Icefall in north-west Ross Island. The bluff overlooks Wohlschlag Bay.
Dufek Head 77º37´S, 167º42´E. An ice-covered headland 7.08 kilometres north-east of Tyree Head in south Ross Island. The headland rises to 620 metres the east side of the terminus of Aurora Glacier.
Scanniello Peak 77º31´S, 168º49´E. A peak which rises to 2200 metres and marks the highest and south-western-most point of Tekapo Ridge in Kyle Hills, Ross Island.
Chuan Peak 77º29´S, 168º21´E. A peak approximately 2200 metres, located 1.61 kilometres north-east of Barker Peak in the south part of Giggenbach Ridge, Ross Island.
Kyle Hills 77º30´S, 169º02´E. A prominent group of volcanic cones, hills, ridges and peaks that occupy the
east part of Ross Island between Mount Terror and Cape Crozier. The hills extend east-west for 12.87 kilometres, rising from sea level at Cape Crozier to approximately 2600 metres in Mount McIntosh at the west end of the group. Local relief of features is on the order of 200 metres.
Mount Erebus Summit Area-Existing Names
Helo Cliffs 77º30´S, 167º09´E. Prominent cliffs at approximately 3525 metres on the north rim of the summit caldera of Mount Erebus, Ross Island.
Nausea Knob 77º31´S, 167º09´E. A prominent outcropping of jumbled rocks, 3633 metres, formed as a lava flow on the north-west upper slope of the active cone of Mount Erebus, Ross Island.
Seismic Bluff 77º32´S, 167º05´E. Steep bluff at approximately 3470 metres on the south-west rim of the summit caldera of Mount Erebus, Ross Island.
Crystal Slope 77º32´S, 167º09´E. A western slope (3700 metres) between Camp Slope and Robot Gully, leading down from the summit crater rim of Mount Erebus, Ross Island.
Main Crater 77º32´S, 167º10´E. The volcanic feature that rises to approximately 3750 metres and forms the primary summit crater of Mount Erebus on Ross Island.
Inner Crater 77º32´S, 167º10´E. The volcanic feature that embraces the crater within the floor of Main Crater, at the summit of Mount Erebus, Ross Island. Inner Crater contains an active anorthoclase-phonolite
lava lake.
Side Crater 77º32´S, 167º09´E. A nearly circular crater (approximately 3700 metres) situated at the summit of Mount Erebus on the south-west crater rim.
Western Crater 77º32´S, 167º07´E. A small circular crater at 3561 metres on the western slope of the summit of
Mount Erebus, Ross Island.
Robot Gully 77º31´S, 167º09´E. A gully at approximately 3675 metres on the north-west side of the summit crater of Mount Erebus, Ross Island.
Tramway Ridge 77º31´S, 167º06´E. A ridge that rises to approximately 3450 metres in the north-west part of the summit caldera of Mount Erebus, Ross Island. The ridge is formed by the levees (banks on the side) of a young lava flow.
Ice Tower Ridge 77º32´S, 167º06´E. A ridge at approximately 3540 metres that descends the south-west slope of the summit crater of Mount Erebus, Ross Island. The ridge is defined by a series of fumarolic ice towers.
Camp Slope 77º32´S, 167º08´E. A concave slope (approximately 3650 metres) just south of Crystal Slope on the west side of the summit cone of Mount Erebus, Ross Island. The feature is the site of a slump which has occurred off the crater rim.
Ross Island-Existing Names
Half Moon Crater 77º48´S, 166º45´E. A crater 0.80 kilometres south-west of Castle Rock on Hut Point Peninsula, Ross Island.
Boulder Cones 77º48´S, 166º42´E. A descriptive name for cones 1.45 kilometres south-west of Castle Rock on Hut Point Peninsula, Ross Island.
Twin Crater 77º50´S, 166º41´E. A crater with twin nested cones that rises behind McMurdo Station and
0.80 kilometres west of Crater Hill on Hut Point Peninsula, Ross Island. Replaces Middle Crater.
Black Knob 77º50´S, 166º40´E. A descriptive name for a rock outcrop 0.31 kilometres west of Twin Crater on Hut Point Peninsula, Ross Island.
The Fang 77º29´S, 167º13´E. A distinctive toothlike peak 3159 metres, which forms the highest point of Fang Ridge on Mount Erebus, Ross Island. Replaces Upper Fang.
Bird Saddle 77º23´S, 166º53´E. The feature is one of three prominent snow saddles on Ross Island, this one at approximately 800 metres between Mount Bird and Mount Erebus.
Terra Nova Saddle 77º31´S, 167º37´E. The feature is one of three prominent snow saddles on Ross Island, this one at approximately 1400 metres between Mount Erebus and Mount Terra Nova.
Terror Saddle 77º31´S, 168º05´E. The feature is one of three prominent snow saddles on Ross Island, this one at approximately 1600 metres between Mount Terra Nova and Mount Terror.
Stewart Peak Area-New Names
Clow Island 77º37´S, 163º10´E. An island 0.97 kilometres long in the eastern part of Lake Fryxell in Taylor Valley,
Victoria Land. This feature was a peninsula as recently as the 1980s when the rising level of the lake submerged the east part of the peninsula and created the island.
Terry Peak 77º45´S, 163º31´E. The highest peak (1282 metres) on the rock bluffs at the south side of New Harbor on Scott Coast, Victoria Land. The peak is 7.56 kilometres west south-west of Stewart Peak.
Thoreson Peak 77º44´S, 163º38´E. One of the highest peaks (1200 metres) on the rock bluffs at the south side of New Harbor on Scott Coast, Victoria Land. The peak is 5.15 kilometres west south-west of Stewart Peak.
Weatherwax Glacier 77º38´S, 163º36´E. A glacier which occupies the elevated basin south of Mount Barnes in Kukri Hills, Victoria Land. It drains south-east from 800 metres elevation and terminates in a narrow glacial snout on rock bluffs 200 metres above New Harbor.
Darwin Glacier Area-New Name
Kerr Inlet 80º04´S, 160º15´E. An ice-filled inlet, 1.61 kilometres wide, located at the west side of Cape Kerr in the north part of Barne Inlet.
Dated at Wellington this 10th day of May 2001.
W. K. SHAW, Secretary, New Zealand Geographic Board Nga Pou Taunaha o Aotearoa.