Beethoven Peninsula


1:250,000 scale topographic map of the Beethoven Peninsula.

The Beethoven Peninsula is a deeply indented, ice-covered peninsula, 60 miles (100 km) long in a northeast-southwest direction and 60 miles (100 km) wide at its broadest part, forming the southwest part of Alexander Island, which lies off the southwestern portion of the Antarctic Peninsula. The south side of the peninsula is supported by the Bach Ice Shelf whilst the north side of the peninsula is supported by the Wilkins Ice Shelf. The Mendelssohn Inlet, the Brahms Inlet and the Verdi Inlet apparently intrude into it. The Bach Ice Shelf, Rossini Point and Berlioz Point are some distance away, on the Ronne Entrance from the Southern Ocean. Beethoven Peninsula is one of the eight peninsulas of Alexander Island.

The peninsula was first seen and photographed from the air in 1940 by the US Antarctic Service, which compiled the first rough map of southwest Alexander Island. It was resighted and photographed from the air by the Ronne Antarctic Research Expedition (RARE), 1947–48, and remapped from RARE photos by Derek J.H. Searle of the Falkland Islands Dependencies Survey in 1960. It was named by the UK Antarctic Place-Names Committee after the composer Ludwig van Beethoven.

See also

Further reading

  • Smellie, J.L., Hole, M.J. & Nell, P.A.R., Late Miocene valley-confined subglacial volcanism in northern Alexander Island, Antarctic Peninsula, Bull Volcanol 55, 273–288 (1993).
  • International Symposium on Antarctic Earth Sciences 5th : 1987, Geological Evolution of Antarctica, Cambridge, England, P 523
  • A. J. Cook and D. G. Vaughan, Overview of areal changes of the ice shelves on the Antarctic Peninsula over the past 50 year, The Cryosphere, 4, 77–98, 2010

Further reading

  • Beethoven Peninsula on USGS website
  • Beethoven Peninsula on SCAR website
  • Beethoven Peninsula area map
  • Beethoven Peninsula volcanic information
  • Beethoven Peninsula current weather
    • Beethoven Peninsula updated long term weather forecast
  • Beethoven Peninsula sunset/ sunrise moon set/moon rise times


  • National Geographic Atlas of the World, 7th Edition.
  • Public Domain This article incorporates public domain material from the United States Geological Survey document: "Beethoven Peninsula". (content from the Geographic Names Information System)

Coordinates: 71°44′S 73°41′W / 71.733°S 73.683°W / -71.733; -73.683