Zavodovski Island is
an uninhabited volcanic island in
the Traversay Islands group of the
South Sandwich Islands. It lies 350
kilometres southeast of South Georgia
Island. It is the northernmost of
the South Sandwich Islands and the
nearest to South Georgia.
Zavodovski Island was
discovered and named by the Russian
Antarctic explorer Fabian Gottlieb
von Bellingshausen on Christmas Eve,
1819. Bellingshausen named it after
Lieutenant Ivan Zavodovski, who was
captain of his ship, the Vostok.
The island is approximately
5 kilometres across with a peak elevation
of 551 metres above sea level. The
stratovolcano Mount Curry dominates
the western side of the island while
the eastern half is a low-lying lava
plain. Mount Curry is believed to
be active with fresh lava reported
in 1830 and numerous indications of
activity since. Approximately 50%
of the island is composed of tephra.
The island is home to
around a million pairs of breeding
chinstrap penguins, making it one
of the world's largest penguin colonies.
Antarctica's king penguin
colonys. Watch the giant chic creches
and there unique methods of communication.
From the BBC.