Thursday, January 26, 2012

Flag of Roosevelt Island - Antarctica

Flag of Roosevelt Island

Roosevelt Island, Antarctica is positioned along the 'Pacific Groove' ice shelf. Some geographers don't include the Southern Ocean as a true ocean, nonetheless three main grooves cut into Antarctica with the three main ice shelves coincidentally aligned to each ocean.

The ice shelves align by size to the size of their ocean of alignment.

The largest ice shelf - THE ROSS ICE SHELF - fatefully faces the largest ocean, the Pacific. The second largest ice shelf - THE RONNE ICE SHELF - by a lucky alignment faces the second biggest ocean - the Atlantic. And finally the third largest ice shelf - THE AMERY ICE SHELF - by providence faces the third largest ocean - the Indian. Too bad the third ice shelf doesn't start with the letter 'R.' Perhaps they could give it a nick name, the Richie ice shelf, but on second thought AMERY does have an 'R' sound.

At first glance the flag of Roosevelt Island may look like a Confederate Flag, but it isn't. The design was inspired by all previous designs for the other big islands in Antarctica. Like the Alexander Island Flag, Ross Island Flag, and Berkner Island Flag they all pay homage to the heritage of its founder, accordingly the discoverer of Roosevelt island who also christened it with its namesake was from Northern Virginia - Rear Admiral Richard E. Byrd. Bryd is descended from a powerful Virginian family line that included James Rolfe and Pocahontas. Because Richard E. Byrd was born in Northern Virginia, the colours of Roosevelt Island are modeled after historical flags that had arisen from Virginia.

Roosevelt Island, Antarctica inner island was discovered sometime in the 1930s. It was named after the second Roosevelt president - Franklin. The colours of the flag are black, white, orange, and blue. The saltire is black with thirteen stars that represent 13 southern most constellations. The colour orange is based upon the famous Antarctica Flag designed by Whitney Smith. The white field represents the snow and ice, while the blue represents the colour of the seas should match blue Antarctica Flag of the Gram Bartram design.

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