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Roosevelt Island is an ice-covered island, about 130 km long in a NW-SE direction, 65 km wide and about 7,500 km2 in area, lying in the E part of the Ross Ice Shelfmarker of Antarcticamarker. Its central ridge rises to about 550 m above sea level, but this and all other elevations of the island are completely covered by ice, so that the island is invisble at ground level.

The existence of the island is made clear by examination of how the ice flows above it. It was named by Rear Admiral Richard E. Byrd in 1934 for Franklin D. Roosevelt, then President of the United States. Byrd was the leader of the expedition that discovered the island.

Roosevelt Island lies within the boundaries of Ross Dependency, New Zealand's claim to Antarcticamarker.


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