Deception Island

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This island was discovered in 1820 and has been very used by human activities since them. Due to the shape (like a horseshoe) and size of the island, was used as safest natural harbor, and important facilities were installed from sealing and whaling industries. In 1944 was installed one of the earliest science bases. Now is one of the most visited site by tourist.
The island is really the rim of an actively volcano. It’s name, as Deception Island, was taken from the deceptive situation after an eruption of the volcano: desolation and destruction. Port Foster is about 525 feet deep, is the basin in the middle of the island.
The lasts eruptions were in 1969 and 1970.
Now, the island is covered by ice only the 57% as results of the “high” temperatures, increased by the volcanic activity, but with no eruptions.

I have visited this island twice: in 2008 my expedition landed en Whalers Bay. Is just besides the Neptune Bellows, the entrance to the harbor. In this beach, there are ruins of old wood buildings and some big steel tanks, used to save the oil from whales, very useful in XIX century and the begining of XXth. In this place, more often you see some white clouds of steam. The sand is warm due to the heat escaping from the subterranean volcanic vents.
Also in 2013, but on this expedition we went inner, until to Telefon Bay, where we hiking and crimb some mountains. We saw beautiful landscapes with black sand and snow. It’s named for the whaling supply vessel Telefon.
After, we went to Pendulum Cove, to take the cold antarctic plunge. In 1829, Captain Henry Foster, entered to the harbor aboard of Chanticleer, anchored here and performed some magnetic experiments during two months.
In 1906, Captain Adolfus Amandus Andresen of a joint Norwegian-Chilean whaling company, started using an area of the harbor to work his floating factory ship.
The australian Hubert Wilkins, in 1928 made the first powered flight in Antarctica with “Los Angeles” his Lookheed Vega monoplane. Made a stop in this island.

 

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Polar plunge in Deception Island

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Here the moment when some expeditioners take a fast bath in cold waters of the Antarctica, with near to zero degrees of temperature:

Playlist: Deception Island

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Here, a playlist of videos of Deception Island, including the plunge in Antarctic waters