Deceptive Indeed-My Antarctica Odyssey

Antarctica, the continent of extremes. The continent with the purest of nature. The continent with the deadly isolation. The continent with towering mountains. The continent with freezing temperatures. And the continent with active volcanoes.

This is my visit to Deception Island in Antarctica. An island made of sea filled caldera of an active volcano. I saw rusting tanks and boilers. I saw remains of structures. Those were the testimony to all the destruction that took place in volcanic eruptions on Deception Island.

Destroyed boilers
Destroyed boilers
Fallen tanks
Ruined Tanks
Me at Deception Island
Me hiking around island

A long hike was planned across the island. Ascending a slippery mountain peak with stones rolling all over. Walking a dangerous trail with volcanic crater on one side. Then a sudden change of weather and I was about to be swept away by storm. Maintaining my balance and keeping me rooted to the ground was uphill task. Though it gave me few anxious moments but I thoroughly enjoyed the thrilling hike.

Deception Island is a natural and safe harbour. This is the only harbour in whole world where ship can directly sail in active volcano.

Deception Island is also known as Whalers Bay used for whaling activities in earlier times and used as base for whaling ships. Later island was used as scientific base by different countries but all were damaged in volcanic eruption of year 1969.

Damaged structure
Damaged base

Deception Island is an active volcano with latest eruption in year 1970. The eruption was so fierce that ash fall was seen by research stations situated in far flung islands. Though heavy plume was recorded in year 1987 also but eruption was not confirmed during surveys. Even in year 1991 high seismic activity in Deception  Island was confirmed by scientists.

True to its name Deception Island is deceptive indeed where fire plays with ice. And creates havoc when erupts.

Curiosity of Deception Island makes it a very popular destination among travelers to Antarctica.


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