South Orkney Islands


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South Orkney Islands

A group of British-administered islands in the southern Atlantic Ocean southeast of Cape Horn. First visited by sealers in 1821, the island group was formerly part of the Falkland Islands Dependency and is now included (since 1962) in the British Antarctic Territory.

South Orkney Islands

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(Placename) an uninhabited group of islands in the S Atlantic, southeast of Cape Horn: formerly a dependency of the Falkland Islands; part of the British Antarctic Territory since 1962 (claims are suspended under the Antarctic Treaty). Area: 621 sq km (240 sq miles)

South′ Ork′ney Is′lands


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a group of islands in the British Antarctic Territory, N of the Antarctic Peninsula: formerly a dependency of the Falkland Islands; claimed by Argentina.
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