Bellingshausen Sea, part of the S Pacific Ocean, W Antarctica, SW of Cape Horn between the Antarctic Peninsula and Amundsen Sea. The sea is named after Russian explorer Fabian Gottlieb von Bellingshausen, who circumnavigated Antarctica in 1819. Major islands in the sea include Alexander I, Peter I (both named by Bellingshausen), and Charcot islands.
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