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Heard Island and McDonald Islands (abbreviated as HIMI [1]) are islands in the Southern Ocean, about two-thirds of the way from Madagascar to Antarctica.[2]

The islands are a UNESCO World Heritage Site.[3]


The islands were discovered in 1833 by the British sailor Peter Kemp. They have been territories of Australia since 1947.


Big Ben is an active volcano.[4] The volcano is also known as "Mawson Peak".

The group's size is 372 km² in area.


  1. Commonwealth of Australia. "About Heard Island - Human Activities". Retrieved 2006-10-21.
  2. 7718 km location
  3. UNESCO, "Heard and McDonald Islands". Retrieved 2012-4-20. Archived 17 January 2010 at WebCite
  4. Australian government, "Heard Island and McDonald Islands, Landforms"; retrieved 2012-6-14.

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This article is about a World Heritage Site