Adélie Coast

/euh day"lee/; Fr. /ann day lee"/
a coastal region of Antarctica, south of Australia: claimed by France.

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also called  Adélie Land,  

      part of the coast of Wilkes Land in eastern Antarctica, extending from Claire Coast (west) to George V Coast (east). The region is an ice-covered plateau rising from the Indian Ocean and occupying an area of about 150,000 square miles (390,000 square km). It was discovered in 1840 by the French explorer Jules-Sébastien-César Dumont d'Urville (Dumont d'Urville, Jules-Sébastien-César), who named it after his wife. The Adélie Coast is the basis of France's (Antarctica) claim on the continent between longitude 136° and 142° E; administratively it is a part of the French Southern and Antarctic Territories (q.v.). The French meteorological station Dumont d'Urville base was established in 1952 at Géologie Archipelago, replacing the original station of Port-Martin (founded 1950), which was destroyed by fire. This coast is characterized by strong and frequent katabatic winds that blow snow out to sea and drive sea ice away from the coastline.

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  • Adélie Coast — [ad′ə lē΄; ] Fr [ ȧ dā lē′] region in Antarctica, south of Australia, claimed by France: 166,800 sq mi (432,010 sq km): also Adélie Land, Fr. name Terre Adélie [ter ȧ dā lē′] …   English World dictionary

  • Adelie Coast — noun a costal region of Antarctica to the south of Australia; noted for its large colonies of penguins • Syn: ↑Adelie Land, ↑Terre Adelie • Instance Hypernyms: ↑geographical area, ↑geographic area, ↑geographical region, ↑geographic region …   Useful english dictionary

  • Adélie Coast — /ədili ˈkoʊst/ (say uhdeelee kohst) noun a coastal region of Antarctica south of Australia; under French sovereignty. Also, Adélie Land …   Australian English dictionary

  • Adélie penguin — /əˌdili ˈpɛŋgwən/ (say uh.deelee penggwuhn) noun a penguin Pygoscelis adeliae, which breeds mainly in Antarctica but is occasionally found on the southern coast of Australia. {named after Adélie Coast} …   Australian English dictionary

  • Adélie penguin — noun Etymology: Adélie Coast, Antarctica Date: 1907 a small antarctic penguin (Pygoscelis adeliae) called also Adélie …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • Adelie — noun medium sized penguins occurring in large colonies on the Adelie Coast of Antarctica • Syn: ↑Adelie penguin, ↑Pygoscelis adeliae • Hypernyms: ↑penguin • Member Holonyms: ↑Pygoscelis, ↑genus Pygoscelis …   Useful english dictionary

  • Adelie Land — noun a costal region of Antarctica to the south of Australia; noted for its large colonies of penguins • Syn: ↑Terre Adelie, ↑Adelie Coast • Instance Hypernyms: ↑geographical area, ↑geographic area, ↑geographical region, ↑geographic region …   Useful english dictionary

  • Adelie penguin — noun medium sized penguins occurring in large colonies on the Adelie Coast of Antarctica • Syn: ↑Adelie, ↑Pygoscelis adeliae • Hypernyms: ↑penguin • Member Holonyms: ↑Pygoscelis, ↑genus Pygoscelis …   Useful english dictionary

  • Adélie Valley — (65°30′S 136°0′E / 65.5°S 136°E / 65.5; 136), also variously known as Adilie Valley, Dumont d Urville Trough or Adélie Trough, is a drowned fjord (undersea valley) o …   Wikipedia

  • Adélie Land — This article is about the French claimed sector of Antarctica. For the French colonies in South America, see France Antarctique. Adélie Land Terre Adélie …   Wikipedia

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