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2012 Ross Dependency Definitives Set of Mint Stamps

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Mint set of five gummed stamps.

Individual stamps:

70c - Mount Erebus

The world's southernmost active volcano, Mount Erebus is the largest of four that form Ross Island, the highest volcano in the Ross Dependency and the second highest volcano in Antarctica. This impressive volcano was discovered and named by James Clark Ross in 1841.

$1.40 - Beardmore Glacier

One of the largest glaciers in the world, exceeding 160 kilometres in length, the Beardmore Glacier descends from the south polar region of the Antarctic Plateau to the Ross Ice Shelf, dividing the Transantarctic Mountains. Ernest Shackleton's 1908 expedition discovered and climbed the glacier.

$1.90 - Lake Vanda

With salinity more than 10 times that of seawater, Lake Vanda is one of the world's most hyper-saline lakes. It is permanently covered with three to five metres of transparent ice, is five kilometres long and has a maximum depth of 69 metres.

$2.40 - Cape Adare

Separating the Ross Sea to the east and the Southern Ocean to the west, Cape Adare is the north-easternmost peninsula in the Ross Dependency and East Antarctica. It is also the site of the largest Adélie penguin rookery in the world.

$2.90 - Ross Ice Shelf

The Ross Ice Shelf is the largest ice shelf in the world. It consists of a thick plate of ice fed continuously by glaciers, and much of it remains frozen all year round. The shelf was named after James Clark Ross, who discovered it in 1841.

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Date of issue: 21 November 2012
Number of stamps: Five gummed stamps
Stamps and first day covers designed by: Gregory Millen, Paraparaumu
Denominations: 70c, $1.40, $1.90, $2.40 and $2.90
Printer and process: Southern Colour Print Ltd by offset lithography
Number of colours: Stamps: four process colours; Miniature sheet: four process colours plus blue foil
Stamp size and format: 40mm x 30mm (horizontal)
Paper type: Stamps: Tullis Russell 104gsm red phosphor gummed stamp paper
Number of stamps per sheet: 25
Perforation gauge: 14
Period of sale: Unless stocks are exhausted earlier, these stamps will remain on sale until further notice.