South Georgia is situated in the South Atlantic, some 800
miles (1,280 km) southeast of the Falkland Islands, while
the South Sandwich Islands, a string of small volcanic
islands, form part of the Scotia Arc between South Georgia
and the Antarctic Peninsula.
Early exploratory surveys of South Georgia were carried out
between 1951 and 1957 by the South Georgia Survey
Expeditions, and resulted in the 1958 publication of a
1:200,000 scale, contoured map which accompanies a British
Antarctic Survey Report on The history of place-names in the
Falkland Islands Dependencies (South Georgia and the South
Sandwich Islands). 1:500,000 scale maps were published
by the former British Directorate of Colonial Surveys
(DCS 701) in 1949-50.
The islands have been included in the mapping
program of the British Antarctic Survey (BAS),
Cambridge, but no more recent topographic maps have been
published. Although, 1:1,000,000 scale insets of both South
Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands appear on the
1:3,000,000 scale BAS map of the Antarctic Peninsula.
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