‘NAME THAT SEAMOUNT’ – COMPETITION OPEN UNTIL NEXT WEEK

The competition to name the seamount that was mapped in St Helena waters by the research vessel James Clark Ross is still open until Monday, 4 February 2019.

This is your opportunity to tell us what the seamount should be named and why. The winning entry will be announced on Monday, 11 February, and the winner will receive a tour of the Discovery vessel when she arrives at St Helena in April 2019.

Look out for adverts in the local newspapers where you will find a 'cut out' slip to submit your entries. Printouts are also available from the Tourist Office at the Canister and entries should be submitted to the Tourist Office by Monday, 4 February.

Due to interest from overseas, the competition is also running on Social Media. Overseas participants will be asked to nominate someone on the Island to receive the prize if their entry wins.

A reminder of the specific guidelines for naming a seamount can be found below:

Short and simple specific terms are preferable

The principal concern in naming is to provide effective, conveniently usable, and appropriate reference; commemoration of persons or ships is a secondary consideration

The first choice of a specific term, where feasible, should be one associated with a geographical feature e.g. Aleutian Ridge, Mariana Trench, Barrow Canyon

Other choices for specific terms can commemorate ships or other vehicles, expeditions or scientific institutes involved in the discovering and/or delineation of the feature, or to honour the memory of famous persons. Where a ship name is used, it should be that of the discovering ship, or if that has been previously used for a similar feature, it should be the name of the ship verifying the feature e.g. San Pablo Seamount, Atlantis II Seamounts

Names of living persons will normally not be accepted, in accordance with the recommendation in the UNCSGN Resolution VIII/2. In the rare cases where names of living persons are used (surnames are preferable), they will be limited to those who have made an outstanding or fundamental contribution to ocean sciences

Groups of like features may be named collectively for specific categories of historical persons, mythical features, stars, constellations, fish, birds, animals, etc

Source: St Helena Government

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