Deception Island : Picture By NASA

  • 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.