bruceluyendyk.blogspot is a blog on a memoir of a geology expedition to Antarctica and insights on Antarctic science, events in Antarctica, the Polar Regions, climate science. White Ocean of Ice: Secrets of Marie Byrd Land, Antarctica, is Bruce Luyendyk's memoir in progress.
I have been absent for quite a while now working on revisions
to my book White Ocean. One of the interesting
things that happened in the last year was the naming of a mountain in Antarctica
for me! What an honor! I owe it my my former student and now Professor Christine
Siddoway who nominated my name to the U.S. Board on Geographic Names. Such a
warm feeling I have for a truly frigid place!
Our team camped at the foot of Mount Luyendyk over Christmas
1989. At that time the mountain was named “1070” on a reconnaissance map. The
photo on this page was taken by Christine during a fly-in on a subsequent visit
Our 1989 visit was notable for the dramatic scenery and stunning
weather - that didn’t last long. We were hit by a ferocious blizzard followed by
a whiteout that kept us tent-bound for several days.
Here are details:
Geographic Names Information System
76 29 20.63 S; 146 01 37.05 W
1070 meters (approx.)
“A summit, the northern portion of the Mount Iphigene massif
in the northwestern part of Fosdick Mountains of the Ford Ranges, 2.5 miles
south of Thompson Ridge between Marujupu Peak and Birchall Peaks. Named by Advisory
Committee on Antarctic Names of the U.S. Board on Geographic Names for Bruce P.
Luyendyk, professor (emeritus) at the University of California Santa Barbara
who has been active in international Antarctic research for 25 years. He was
responsible for two expeditions and was principal investigator for five marine
geophysical expeditions focusing on the Ross Sea area. His cumulative research,
findings, and publications have significantly increased scientific knowledge in
A news release from UC Santa Barbara about Mt. Luyendyk is here!