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Heard of the Kerguelen Plateau


Coffin, MF, Heard of the Kerguelen Plateau, Joint Oceanographic Institutions, U.S Science Support Program associated with the Ocean Drilling Program, USA, 11, 2, pp. 1-4. (1998) [Internal Newsletter]


Yves Joseph de Kerguélen-Trémarac dis-covered La France Australe (today’s Ker-guelen Archipelago) in 1772 and claimedthis "southern motherland" for France.Upon returning home, he rhapsodizedeloquently to the French monarch aboutthe region’s agricultural and mineral poten-tial and convinced the king to dispatchthree ships and 700 men to colonize the territory in 1773. However, once there,699 pairs of eyes couldn’t lie, and uponKerguélen’s return to France, he was court-martialed, dismissed from the Navy, andsentenced to 20 years in prison (and thenthe king got angry...). In contrast, JamesCook dubbed Kerguelen the "Isles of Deso-lation" after landing there in 1776. This mayhave been closer to the mark, for geologi-cally, the Kerguelen Plateau is a massive,enigmatic, mafic, and heavily-structuredlarge igneous province (LIP).

Item Details

Item Type:Internal Newsletter
Research Division:Earth Sciences
Research Group:Geology
Research Field:Marine geoscience
Objective Division:Expanding Knowledge
Objective Group:Expanding knowledge
Objective Field:Expanding knowledge in the earth sciences
UTAS Author:Coffin, MF (Professor Mike Coffin)
ID Code:75249
Year Published:1998
Deposited By:Directorate
Deposited On:2012-01-18
Last Modified:2012-01-18

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