Areas of environmental significance

Aerial photo of monolith
Scullin Monolith. A crescent shaped rock east of Mawson. Douglas Mawson named it in February 1931, during the BANZARE, for JH Scullin, Prime Minister of Australia (Photo: R Kirkwood).
Pair of snow petrels in rocky creviceEmperor penguins in colony, water in backgroundAntarctic petrel and snow petrel in flight

There are three Antarctic Specially Protected Areas (ASPAs) within the vicinity of the station including Taylor Rookery ASPA, established to protect one of the largest emperor penguin colonies on land and the Rookery Islands ASPA, established to protect 6 species of breeding seabirds including giant petrels. Protected areas at Scullin Monolith and Murray Monolith about 150 km east of Mawson were established to protect large seabird breeding sites.

Vulnerable to human impacts, the protection of these areas is facilitated by the use of entry permits, and the requirement that the conduct of all activities within them is in accordance with specific management plans.

There are a number of maps that refer to Mawson which are downloadable from our web pages.

For these maps and mapping information, visit the AAD Data Centre map catalogue.

This page was last updated on 15 May 2002.