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ASPA 157: Backdoor Bay, Cape Royds, Ross Island
Proponent: New Zealand
Location: 77°33'10.7"S  166°10'6.5"E
Approx. Area: 0.04 km2
Summary: Cape Royds is an ice free area at the western extremity of Ross Island, approximately 40km to the south of Cape Bird and 35km to the north of Hut Point Peninsula on Ross Island. The area is one of the principal sites of the Heroic Age of Antarctic exploration and it contains historic structures and relics pertaining to this era. Some of the earliest advances in the study of earth sciences, meteorology, flora and fauna in Antarctica are associated with the 1907-1909 British Antarctic (Nimrod) Expedition which was based at this site. The hut was also used again by the Ross Sea Party of the Imperial Trans-Antarctic Expedition of 1914-1917. As such, the site has high historical, cultural and scientific significance. Numerous additional artifacts are distributed around the Area.
Designation: M 1 (1998)
Last Review: 2015
Current Plan: M 12 (2015)
Next Review: 2020
Annex V format adoption: 1998
Modification / Review summary: This area contains HSM 15 (Shackleton’s Hut), which was listed in Rec. VII-9 (1972). The site was designated SPA 27 in Measure 1 (1998). It was re-designated ASPA 157 in Decision 1 (2002). A revised Management Plan was adopted in Measure 1 (2002). A revised Management Plan was adopted in Measure 2 (2005). A new revised version was adopted in Measure 9 (2010). The current Management Plan was adopted in Measure 12 (2015).
Primary reason for designation: H - sites or monuments of recognised historic value;
Main Environmental Domain represented: S - McMurdo - South Victoria Land geologic (also includes Ellsworth, Werner etc mountains)


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