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Cook Island, South Sandwich Islands

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Cook Island, South Sandwich Islands

Cook Island, South Sandwich Islands
South Sandwich Islands
Location of Cook Island
Archipelago South Sandwich Islands
Length 6 km (3.7 mi)
Width 3 km (1.9 mi)
Highest elevation 1,115 m (3,658 ft)
Highest point Mount Harmer
United Kingdom
Population Uninhabited

Cook Island is the central and largest island of South Sandwich Islands in the far south Atlantic Ocean. Southern Thule was discovered by a British expedition under Captain James Cook in 1775. The island was named for Cook by a Russian expedition under Bellingshausen, which explored the South Sandwich Islands in 1819–20.

Cook Island measures about 6 by 3 km (3.7 by 1.9 mi) wide. It is heavily glaciated and uninhabited. Its highest peak, Mount Harmer, rises to 1,115 m (3,658 ft).

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