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Mount Usborne is a mountain on East Falklandmarker Island; at 705m (2312 feet) above sea level, it is the highest point in the Falkland Islandsmarker. Mount Usborne is referenced by Charles Darwin in Chapter 9 of the Zoology of the Voyage of the Beagle. It is called "Cerro Alberdi" in Spanish.

The mountain is named after Alexander Burns Usborne, Master's Assistant on HMS Beagle, the ship that took Darwin on his famous voyage.

The remains of glacial cirques can also be seen on Mount Usborne. It is only a few metres taller than Mount Adammarker on West Falklandmarker.

As one of the highest mountains of the Falklands, it experienced some glaciation. The handful of mountains over 2,000 feet have:

"pronounced corries with small glacial lakes at the their bases, morainic ridges deposited below the corries suggest that the glaciers and ice domes were confined to areas of maximum elevation with other parts of the islands experiencing a periglacial climate"


References

  1. Strange, Ian (1983) The Falkland Islands


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