Ninnis and Mertz Glaciers, Antarctica

The Ninnis is one of two prominent floating glacier tongues that extend into the Southern Ocean from the coast of King George V Land. Situated along the eastern coast of the Antarctic Ice Sheet south of Tasmania, the King George V Land coast is characterised by embayments and large floating ice sheets that jut out from the coast, including the Ninnis and Mertz Glacier Tongues.

Mertz Glacier is a heavily crevassed glacier in Antarctica, about 45 miles long and averaging 20 miles wide. It reaches the sea between Cape De la Motte and Cape Hurley where it continues as a large glacier tongue. The Mertz Glacier Tongue is about 45 miles long and 25 miles wide.

The glacier was discovered by the Australasian Antarctic Expedition (1911-14) under Douglas Mawson, who named it for Xavier Mertz, a member of the expedition who lost his life on January 7, 1913, on the far-east sledge journey.

The Mertz-Ninnis Valley is an undersea valley named in association with the Mertz Glacier and the Ninnis Glacier.

Things to see and do

* Emperor & Adelie Penguins
* Weddell & Leopard Seals
* Sea birds
* Icebergs
* Killer Whales

Cruise Season – Nov - April
Currency – Australian Dollar (AUD)
Language – English
Population –0
Time – GMT plus eight hours
Electricity - 2 angled pins and 1 flat pin centered below Australian style
International Country Telephone Code – 61

Port Location – For trips to the Ross region and Eastern Antarctica, commonly used ports are: Hobart (Australia), Auckland and Lyttelton-Christchurch (New Zealand).

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