Areas, lengths, heights and distances

Antarctic statistics published by SCAR (Scientific Committee on Antarctic Research)

Australian Antarctic Territory

The Australian Antarctic Territory (AAT) consists of two sectors:
Western sector 45°E to 136°E
Eastern sector 142°E to 160°E

Map showing the Australian Antarctic Territory

Areas

Western sector of the AAT:
Land (continent and offshore islands): 5.014 million sq km
Ice shelves and glacier tongues: 0.139 million sq km

Total 5.153 million sq km

Eastern sector area of the AAT:
Land (continent and offshore islands): 0.884 million sq km
Ice shelves and glacier tongues: 0.013 million sq km

Total 0.897 million sq km

All AAT:
Land (continent and offshore islands): 5.898 million sq km
Ice shelves and glacier tongues: 0.152 million sq km

Total 6.050 million sq km

Source: Areas calculated by the Australian Antarctic Data Centre using the Antarctic Digital Database version 6. The sectors comprise continent, ice shelves, glacier tongues and offshore islands.

Lengths

Length of coastlines

Western sector of the AAT: 12140 km (offshore islands included), 9250 km (offshore islands not included)

Eastern sector of the AAT: 2050 km (offshore islands included), 1950 km (offshore islands not included)

All AAT: 14190 km (offshore islands included), 11200 km (offshore islands not included)

Source: Lengths calculated by the Australian Antarctic Data Centre using the Antarctic Digital Database version 4.0. The sectors comprise continent, ice shelves, glacier tongues and offshore islands.

Heights

The highest ice feature in the Australian Antarctic Territory is the summit of Argus Dome at an elevation of 4093 metres, located at 80°22' S, 77°21' E.
Source: 'Proposed Construction and operation of the new Chinese Dome A Station, Final Comprehensive Environmental Evaluation' published by Chinese Arctic and Antarctic Administration August 2008.

The highest mountain in the eastern sector of the Australian Antarctic Territory is Mt McClintock at 3492 metres, located at 80°13' S, 157°26' E.
Height source: 'Mt Olympus' 1:250 000 map published by USGS 1966.
Location source: Australian Antarctic Gazetteer.

The highest mountain in the western sector of the Australian Antarctic Territory is Mt Menzies in the southern Prince Charles Mountains at 3228 metres, located at 73°28' S, 61°53' E.
Height source: Australian Antarctic Geodetic Network.
Location source: Australian Antarctic Gazetteer.

Big Ben on Heard Island is approximately 2750m in elevation.
Source: Australian Antarctic Data Centre topographic data.

Distances

Great circle distances to and within East Antarctica - kilometres

Great circle distances to and within East Antarctica - nautical miles

Distance matrix as it appears on the back of the Australian Antarctic Division's 1:20 million scale map of Antarctica and the Southern Ocean.

Written by the Australian Antarctic Data Centre

This page was last modified on 11 February 2014.