Welcome to Bunger Hills
When their discovery was announced to the world in 1946–47, the 952-sq-km Bunger Hills caused a sensation. Because they are an area of ice-free rock, newspaper headlines blared ‘Antarctic Shangri-La.’ The largest ice-free oasis on the East Antarctic coast, the hills are named for US Navy pilot David Bunger, who landed a seaplane on an unfrozen lake here in 1947 while on a photographic mission for Operation Highjump. Dotted with numerous meltwater ponds, the Bunger Hills are bisected by the 145m-deep, 14-sq-km Algae Lake, covered by ice for 10 months annually. The hills reach a maximum elevation of 180m and are surrounded on all sides by 120m walls of ice.