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Wilkes Lands UPSC NOTE

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Researchers said the landscape appears to date to at least 14 million years ago and perhaps beyond 34 million years ago, when Antarctica entered its deep freeze.

Wilkes Lands

  • Wilkes Land is a large district of land in eastern Antarctica, bordering the Indian Ocean. 

  • It is almost entirely covered by the East Antarctic Ice Sheet (EAIS).

  • Wilkes Land was first sighted in 1838 by the United States Exploring Expedition.

  • Led by Lieutenant Charles Wilkes. 

  • Wilkes claimed the land for the United States, but his claim was never officially recognized.

  • Wilkes Land is home to a number of research stations, including the Australian Antarctic Division's Davis Station and the French Polar Institute Paul Emile Victor's Dumont d'Urville Station.

  • The land is also home to a number of geological features, including the Wilkes Land crater, which is thought to be a giant impact crater.

  • The Wilkes Land crater is a large, circular structure that is hidden beneath the East Antarctic Ice Sheet. 

  • It is thought to be a giant impact crater, formed when a large asteroid or comet collided with the Earth millions of years ago.

  • The Wilkes Land crater is one of the largest impact craters on Earth. 

  • It is estimated to be about 500 kilometers (310 miles) in diameter.


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