Welcome to James Ross Island
Nordenskjöld named this island for its discoverer, Ross, who sighted it in 1843, but thought it was part of the Antarctic Peninsula because of the connecting ice shelf. The ‘James’ in the island’s name distinguishes it from Ross Island in the Ross Sea, but all are named for the wide-ranging explorer.
Marine fossils and fossilized wood can be found on the island’s west coast. Fern fossils and other plant-stem impressions can be found at nearby Botany Bay, named for the fossil flora collected there by British researchers in 1946 on the Trinity Peninsula.