Antarctica is getting 28 new place names to recognise British individuals who’ve made a major contribution to advancing science in the polar regions.
The list includes Jonathan Shanklin, co-discoverer of the ozone hole, and Alastair Fothergill, whose BBC films such as Frozen Planet have widened understanding of the White Continent.
The honourees will be associated with various mountains, glaciers and bays.
These are features known previously only by their anonymous coordinates.
It’s highly unusual for so large a group of people to be recognised in this way all at once.
But the UK Antarctic Place-names Committee felt something special was required to mark the 200th anniversary of the discovery of the continent.
Russian explorer Fabian von Bellingshausen and British/Irish naval officer Edward Bransfield first sighted Antarctica within days of each other in January 1820.
They, of course, have long