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Princess Ragnhild Coast is the portion of the coast of Queen Maud Land in Antarctica lying between 20° E and the Riiser-Larsen Peninsula, at 34° E. All but the eastern end of the coast is fringed by ice shelves. It was discovered by Capt. Hjalmar Riiser-Larsen and Capt. Nils Larsen in aerial flights from the ship Norvegia on February 16, 1931, and named for Princess Ragnhild of Norway.[1] Vestvika Bay is a large bay on the west side of Riiser-Larsen Peninsula; it was mapped from air photos taken by the Lars Christensen Expedition, 1936–37, and named Vestvika, meaning "west bay."[2]

Emperor penguins breed in the IBA
Emperor penguins breed in the IBA

Important Bird Area

A 379 ha site on fast ice, within a crack in the ice shelf some 230 km west of the Riiser-Larsen Peninsula, has been designated an Important Bird Area (IBA) by BirdLife International because it supports a breeding colony of emperor penguins, initially discovered on 2009 satellite imagery and subsequently visited, with about 20,000 adults and chicks estimated in 2014.[3]


  1. "Princess Ragnhild Coast". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey. Retrieved 2019-05-02.
  2. "Vestvika Bay". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey. Retrieved 2019-05-02.
  3. "Princess Ragnhild Coast". BirdLife Data Zone. BirdLife International. 2015. Retrieved 21 November 2020.

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[it] Costa della Principessa Ragnhild

La costa della Principessa Ragnhild (centrata alle coordinate .mw-parser-output .geo-default,.mw-parser-output .geo-dms,.mw-parser-output .geo-dec{display:inline}.mw-parser-output .geo-nondefault,.mw-parser-output .geo-multi-punct{display:none}.mw-parser-output .latitude,.mw-parser-output .longitude{white-space:nowrap}.mw-parser-output .geo{} .mw-parser-output #coordinates{font-size:85%;line-height:1.5em;position:absolute;right:0;top:0;white-space:nowrap}70°30′S 27°00′E) è una parte della costa della Terra della Regina Maud, in Antartide. In particolare, la costa della Principessa Ragnhild si estende tra il limite orientale tra la penisola di Riiser-Larsen (68°55′S 34°00′E), a est, e il meridiano 20°E, a ovest, e confina quindi a est con la costa del Principe Harald e a ovest con la costa della Principessa Astrid.[1]

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