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ASPA 170: Marion Nunataks, Charcot Island, Antarctic Peninsula
Proponent: United Kingdom
Location: 69°45'S  75°15'W
Approx. Area: 179.55 km2
Summary: Charcot Island is roughly circular in shape, approximately 50km across and is separated from north-west Alexander Island by Wilkins Sound and Wilkins Ice shelf. It is ice-covered with the exception of Marion Nunataks, which form a 12 km chain of rock outcrops that overlook the mid-north coast of Charcot Island. The area was designated to protect its outstanding environmental values and to facilitate ongoing and planned scientific research. The nunataks have several unique characteristics including two lichens species that have not been recorded elsewhere in Antarctica, mosses that are rarely found at such southerly latitudes and, perhaps most significantly off all, a complete lack of predatory arthropods and Collembola which are common at all other equivalent sites within the biogeographical zone.
Designation: M 4 (2008)
Last Review: 2018
Current Plan: M 5 (2018)
Next Review: 2023
Annex V format adoption: 2008
Modification / Review summary: Designated in Measure 4 (2008). A revised Management Plan was adopted in Measure 16 (2013). The current version of the Management Plan was adopted by Measure 5 (2018).
Primary reason for designation: C - areas with important or unusual assemblages of species, including major colonies of breeding native birds or mammals;
Main Environmental Domain represented: C - Antarctic Peninsula southern geologic
E - Antarctic Peninsula, Alexander and other islands main ice fields and glaciers)
Antarctic Conservation Biogeographic Regions: 4 - Central south Antarctic Peninsula


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