ANTARCTIC PLACE-NAMES COMMISSION

 

Bulgarian place names in Antarctica are approved by the Antarctic Place-names Commission, and formally given by the President of the Republic according to the Bulgarian Constitution and the established international practice. The Commission maintains international coordination with naming authorities of other Antarctic nations, and with the Scientific Committee on Antarctic Research (SCAR). Names given by Bulgaria are incorporated in the SCAR Composite Antarctic Gazetteer.

HISTORY

 

The Antarctic Place-names Commission was established on 17 November 1994 by the Bulgarian Antarctic Institute. On 16 November 2001 the Commission was re-designated as a body affiliated to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Bulgaria. Commission membership evolved over time as follows:

 

Dr. Lyubomir Ivanov (Chairman), since 1994

Prof. Christo Pimpirev, since 1994

Danail Chakarov, since 2013

Amb. Branimir Zaimov, 2010-2013

Dr. Zlatko Dimitroff, 2008-2010

Emilena Popova, 2005-2008

Dr. Katya Todorova, 2001-2005

Dr. Solomon Passy, 1994-2001

 

TOPONYMIC GUIDELINES

 

In 1995 the Commission adopted its own Toponymic Guidelines defining the relevant types of geographical features, specific elements of geographical names, inappropriate names, criteria of names approval, language and spelling, and names approval procedures. In particular, the Guidelines introduced the Streamlined System for the Romanization of Bulgarian that subsequently became established in common practice, was promulgated for official use in identity documents, Bulgarian geographical names, road signs, street names, official information systems, databases, web sites of local authorities etc., and eventually codified by the Transliteration Law passed in 2009.

 

 

Toponymic Guidelines for Antarctica

 

 

SURVEYS

 

The work of the Commission is supported by geographical information and mapping resulting from topographic surveys in Antarctica, including those in the austral summers of 1994/95, 1995/96, 1998/99, 2003/04 and 2004/05 (scientific Antarctic expedition Tangra 2004/05).

 

 

ANTARCTIC MAPS

 

The Antarctic Place-names Commission published the first Bulgarian Antarctic topographic map in 1996, the first Bulgarian topographic map of Livingston Island and Greenwich Island in 2005 and, jointly with the Military Geographic Service of the Bulgarian Army, made the first detailed mapping of Greenwich, Robert and Snow Islands, and the first topographic map of Smith Island in 2009.

 

 

St. Kliment Ohridski Base, Livingston Island. Scale 1:1000 topographic map.

Sofia: Antarctic Place-names Commission of Bulgaria, 1996. (in Bulgarian)

Image scale: 1 second of latitude = 31 metres.

Released under Creative Commons Attribution ShareAlike 3.0 License.

 

 

Livingston Island: Central-Eastern Region. Scale 1:25000 topographic map.

Sofia: Antarctic Place-names Commission of Bulgaria, 1996. (in English)

Image scale: 1 minute of latitude = 1,858 metres.

Released under Creative Commons Attribution ShareAlike 3.0 License.

 

 

 

Antarctica: Livingston Island and Greenwich Island, South Shetland Islands.

Scale 1:100000 topographic map. Sofia: Antarctic Place-names Commission of Bulgaria, 2005. (in English).

Image scale: 1 minute of latitude = 1,858 metres.

Map made by Geototal Ltd. and the Antarctic Place-names Commission of Bulgaria.

Presented to Pope Benedict XVI.

Released under Creative Commons Attribution ShareAlike 3.0 License.

 

 

 

Antarctica: Livingston Island and Greenwich, Robert, Snow and Smith Islands.

Scale 1:120000 topographic map. Troyan: Manfred Wörner Foundation, 2009.

(in Bulgarian) ISBN 978-954-92032-4-0

Updated second edition 2010. ISBN 978-954-92032-8-8

Image scale: 1 minute of latitude = 1,858 metres.

Map made by the Military Geographic Service of the Bulgarian Army and the Antarctic Place-names Commission of Bulgaria, in collaboration with the Institute of Mathematics and Informatics at the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences.

Published on the occasion of the Fourth International Polar Year (2007-09). Free copies donated to all Bulgarian schools.

Public presentation with President Parvanov taking part.

All rights reserved.

 

 

Antarctica: Livingston Island and Greenwich, Robert, Snow and Smith Islands.

Scale 1:120000 topographic map. Troyan: Manfred Wörner Foundation, 2009.

(in English) ISBN 978-954-92032-6-4

Updated second edition 2010. ISBN 978-954-92032-9-5

Image scale: 1 minute of latitude = 1,858 metres.

Map made by the Military Geographic Service of the Bulgarian Army and the Antarctic Place-names Commission of Bulgaria, in collaboration with the Institute of Mathematics and Informatics at the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences.

All rights reserved.

 

 

BULGARIAN ANTARCTIC NAMES

 

 

Bulgarian Antarctic Gazetteer, with names and coordinates in English.

 

 

Bulgarian Antarctic Gazetteer, with narratives in Bulgarian.

 

 

SCAR Composite Gazetteer of Antarctica: Search with a Country of origin parameter Bulgaria to view all Bulgarian names and their narratives.

 

 

CONTACTS

 

Antarctic Place-names Commission

Ministry of Foreign Affairs
2 Aleksandar Zhendov Street

1113 Sofia, Bulgaria

 

e-mail: apcbg@yahoo.com