Kerguelen


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Kerguelen

(ˈkɜːɡɪlɪn)
n
(Placename) an archipelago in the S Indian Ocean: consists of one large volcanic island (Kerguelen or Desolation Island) and 300 small islands; part of the French Southern and Antarctic Territories

Ker•gue•len

(ˈkɜr gəˌlɛn, -lən)

n.
an archipelago in the S Indian Ocean: a possession of France. 2700 sq. mi. (7000 sq. km).
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KERGUELEN, MARK BOAT reports last call from Cymena freighter(Gayer Tong Huk & Co.) taking water and sinking in snow-storm South McDonald Islands.
We were then, for reasons which it is not worth while to specify, in the close neighbourhood of Kerguelen Land; and now, when I open an atlas and look at the tiny dots on the map of the Southern Ocean, I see as if engraved upon the paper the enraged physiognomy of that gale.
I will only say that as far as regards the occurrence of identical species at points so enormously remote as Kerguelen Land, New Zealand, and Fuegia, I believe that towards the close of the Glacial period, icebergs, as suggested by Lyell, have been largely concerned in their dispersal.
Captain Cook, in his second voyage, says, that this plant at Kerguelen Land rises from a greater depth than twenty-four fathoms; "and as it does not grow in a perpendicular direction, but makes a very acute angle with the bottom, and much of it afterwards spreads many fathoms on the surface of the sea, I am well warranted to say that some of it grows to the length of sixty fathoms and upwards." I do not suppose the stem of any other plant attains so great a length as three hundred and sixty feet, as stated by Captain Cook.
He picked up with an old stumpy-tailed albatross, who told him that Kerguelen Island was the very place for peace and quiet, and when Kotick went down there he was all but smashed to pieces against some wicked black cliffs in a heavy sleet-storm with lightning and thunder.
The researchers are studying the daily activities of tagged elephant seals, sluggish-looking but deceptively athletic seals (Figure 1) that inhabit the Kerguelen Islands, a French territory in the Antarctic.
Summary: Washington DC, [USA] June 18 (ANI): According to a recent study, sudden change in sea surface temperature affects the survival of black-browed albatross of Kerguelen Island.
Kerguelen claimed to have at last discovered La France Australe, and mounted a second expedition, richly funded to explore this land supposed to be so rich.
It operates at the Spitzberg base in the Arctic and the Dumont d'Urville and Concordia bases in Antarctica, as well as three bases on France's sub-Antarctic islands of Amsterdam, Crozet and Kerguelen.