Bowers Mountains

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1:250,000 scale topographic map of the Bowers Mountains.

Bowers Mountains (71°10′S 163°15′E / 71.167°S 163.250°E / -71.167; 163.250) is a group of north–south trending mountains in Antarctica, about 145 km (90 mi) long and 56 km (35 mi) wide, bounded by the coast on the north and by the Rennick, Canham, Black and Lillie glaciers in other quadrants. The seaward end was first sighted in February 1911 from the Terra Nova, under Lt. Harry L.L. Pennell, RN, and was subsequently named "Bowers Hills" in honour of Henry Robertson Bowers who perished with Captain Robert Falcon Scott on their return from the South Pole in 1912. The mountain range is one of the most extensive topographical features within Victoria Land.

The feature was photographed from U.S. Navy aircraft in 1946-47 and 1960–62, and was surveyed and mapped by the United States Geological Survey (USGS) in 1962–63. The name was amended to Bowers Mountains upon USGS mapping which showed the group to be a major one with peaks rising to nearly 2,600 metres. The major topographical feature lies situated within the Pennell Coast region of Victoria Land, Antarctica.

Adams Ridge (71°0′S 162°23′E / 71.000°S 162.383°E / -71.000; 162.383Coordinates: 71°0′S 162°23′E / 71.000°S 162.383°E / -71.000; 162.383) is a sharp-crested rock ridge, 4 miles (6 km) long and rising to 800 metres (2,625 ft), forming a part of the west margin of Bowers Mountains just south of where Sheehan Glacier enters Rennick Glacier. Named by New Zealand Antarctic Place-Names Committee (NZ-APC) in 1983 after Chris Adams, New Zealand geologist who worked in northern Victoria Land, 1981–82. The ridge is situated on the Pennell Coast, a portion of Antarctica lying between Cape Williams and Cape Adare.

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Geographical features include:

Explorers Range[edit]

Lanterman Range[edit]

Molar Massif[edit]

Posey Range[edit]

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