from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • A mountainous region of Antarctica bounded by Ross Sea and Wilkes Land. It was discovered by Sir James Clark Ross during his 1839–1843 expedition.

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  • noun a mountainous area of Antarctica bounded by the Ross Sea and Wilkes Land


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  • At one time the Victoria Land glacier tongues may have been confluent, forming a great ice barrier along the coast similar to the small ice-barriers which clothe the lower slopes of some of the islands in Gerlache Strait.

    Perspective of Antarctica in 1911

  • Definite information as to the geology of Antarctic land is available from three areas – Graham Land and the archipelago to the north of it, Kaiser Wilhelm Land and Victoria Land.

    Perspective of Antarctica in 1911

  • This was at Cape Adare, Victoria Land, in January, 1895.

    The South Pole~ The History of the South Pole

  • Evidence, both in the Graham Land and in the Victoria Land areas, points to a former much greater extent of the ice-cap.

    Perspective of Antarctica in 1911

  • The mean temperature of the year is evidently higher in the position of the "Belgica's" drift than in Victoria Land at the same latitude; but it is noticeable that on the west side of Graham Land, where Charcot wintered, the average mean temperature was (taking the average of his two winterings) 15° higher than on the east side, where Nordenskjold wintered in nearly the same latitude.

    Perspective of Antarctica in 1911

  • There are ice-free coastal areas that include parts of southern Victoria Land, Wilkes Land, the Antarctic Peninsula area, and parts of Ross Island on McMurdo Sound (the site of the National Science Foundation's McMurdo Station).


  • Blocked from the interior, the expedition reunited with their ship in January 1900, and sailed south along the coast of Victoria Land charting and naming various geographical elements to Ross Island and the Great Ice Barrier.

    The Heroic Age of Antarctic Exploration

  • In October 1903, Scott led a nine-man party west toward the mountains of Victoria Land in a effort to reach the south magnetic pole.

    The Heroic Age of Antarctic Exploration

  • On the return north, the expedition stopped to take measurements for a more precise location of the magnetic south pole within Victoria Land.

    The Heroic Age of Antarctic Exploration

  • The oldest rocks of Victoria Land are apparently banded gneiss and gneissic granite, which may be taken as Archaean.

    Perspective of Antarctica in 1911


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