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Deception Island

South Shetland Islands, Antarctica - Jan. 2009

  • Deception island is an active volcano and also the site of a former Norwegian whaling station. The whaling station was abandoned during the great depression and several volcanic eruptions and landslides have taken their toll on the remaining buildings. The last significant eruption was in 1969 which destroyed 2 Chilean research stations.
  • An Ocean Dip at an Antarctic Volcano

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    Approaching Whaler's Harbour, Deception Island.

    Steam rising up where volcanically heated ground water meets the cold sea.

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    Striking, volcanic landscapes.

    What remains of the whaling station.

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    These "water boats" were used to bring fresh water out to the whale processing ships.

    Rusted out boilers.

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    This building was gutting during a landslide that plowed through it.

    These buildings are slowly disintegrating in the wind, rain & snow.