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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • A sea of the southern Atlantic Ocean off western Antarctica east of the Antarctic Peninsula. It is named for James Weddell (1787-1834), a British navigator.

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  • n. an arm of the south Atlantic in Antarctica to the east of the Antarctic Peninsula


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  • The story also offers encouragement: No matter how bored you are during your department's next seminar, at least you aren't being attacked by a sea leopard while clinging to an ice floe in the Weddell Sea.

    Three Books For Surviving Graduate School

  • These observations will provide a valuable supplement to the simultaneous records of other expeditions, especially the British in McMurdo Sound and the German in Weddell Sea, above all as regards the hypsometer observations (for the determination of altitude) on sledge journeys.

    The South Pole~ Remarks on the Meteorological Observations at Framheim

  • After exploring the coast of Louis Philippe Land, the ship visited Weddell Sea in the hope of getting southward along King Oscar II.

    The South Pole~ The History of the South Pole

  • In February 1903, while Scott, Shackleton and Wilson were recovering from their Farthest South journey, Drygalski and the Gauss were breaking free of their ice prison, and Larsen was abandoning the Antarctic — as it was being crushed in the ice — a converted whaler, the Scotia, was carrying the Scottish National Antarctic Expedition under the leadership of William Spiers Bruce into the Weddell Sea.

    The Heroic Age of Antarctic Exploration

  • In late February 1904, as the Discovery Expedition was leaving the Ross Sea, the Scotia headed south into the Weddell Sea.

    The Heroic Age of Antarctic Exploration

  • Also, it was the discovery of the eastern side of the Weddell Sea.

    The Heroic Age of Antarctic Exploration

  • While BANZARE conducted its flighs, Riiser-Larsen conducted similar flights while sailing west to as far as Cape Norvegia on the edge ofthe Weddell Sea.

    Aerial Exploration of the Antarctic

  • For example, it was considered a possibility that Antarctica was composed of two major land masses separated by a frozen strait extending from the Weddell Sea to the Ross Sea.

    Aerial Exploration of the Antarctic

  • It was also debated at the time whether an massive ice-filled strait extended from the Weddell Sea to the Ross Sea dividing Antarctica into two large land masses.

    Aerial Exploration of the Antarctic

  • Boulders of gneiss, quartzite, and sandstone have been dredged at so many points between the Balleny Islands and the Weddell Sea that there can be no doubt of the existence of similar continental land along the whole of that side, at least within the Antarctic Circle

    Perspective of Antarctica in 1911


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