The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) recently posted a birds-eyeview picture of Deception island on its Instagram handle.
Deception Island is part of a line of islands called the South Shetland Islands, lying northwest of the Antarctic Peninsula.
It is an active volcano.
It was formed by a massive volcanic eruption, which caused the central part of the volcano to collapse and allowed seawater to flood the center, or caldera.
It has a unique landscape of barren volcanic slopes, steaming beaches, and ash-layered glaciers that form a distinctive horseshoe-shaped opening to the sea through a narrow channel at Neptune’s Bellows.
The Island surrounds Port Foster, one of the safest harbours in the Antarctic.
It is one of the only places in the world where vessels can sail directly into the centre of a restless volcano.
It’s one of two active volcanoes around Antarctica, and it has erupted more than twenty times since the 19th century.
Three volcanic eruptions took place on the island between 1967 – 1970, destroying the Chilean and the British stations.
At present, Argentina and Spain maintain summer scientific stations there.