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The Advisory Committee on Antarctic Names
(ACAN or US-ACAN) is an advisory committee of the United States Board on Geographic Names
The United States Board on Geographic Names is a United States federal body whose purpose is to establish and maintain uniform usage of geographic names throughout the U.S. government.-Overview:...
responsible for recommending names for features in Antarctica
. The United States
The United States of America is a federal constitutional republic comprising fifty states and a federal district...
does not recognise territorial boundaries within Antarctica, so ACAN will assign names to features anywhere within the continent, in consultation with other national nomenclatural bodies where appropriate.
ACAN has a published policy on naming, based on priority of application, appropriateness, and the extent to which usage has become established.