Lyell Glacier, South Georgia

For the glacier located on Mount Lyell in California, see Lyell Glacier

Lyell Glacier (54°17′S 36°37′W / 54.283°S 36.617°W / -54.283; -36.617Coordinates: 54°17′S 36°37′W / 54.283°S 36.617°W / -54.283; -36.617) is a glacier flowing in a north direction to Harpon Bay at the southeast head of Cumberland West Bay, South Georgia. Mapped by the Swedish Antarctic Expedition, 1901–04, under Nordenskjold, who named it for Sir Charles Lyell (1797–1875), eminent British geologist.

While the British Magistrate and other civilians and military present in Grytviken were removed from South Georgia, another 15 Britons remained beyond Argentine reach. The losses suffered at Grytviken prevented Argentina from occupying the rest of the island, with Bird Island base, and field camps at Schlieper Bay, Lyell Glacier and St. Andrews Bay remaining under British control.

This article incorporates public domain material from the United States Geological Survey document "Lyell Glacier, South Georgia" (content from the Geographic Names Information System).


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