"Deception Island 1" Antarctica Things to Do Tip by leigh767

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  Entering into Neptune's Bellow
by leigh767

Deception Island is so named because from afar it looks like a solid land mass but in reality it has a hollow center (the volcano crater). Aside from the cool name, it is known for a few other things. Firstly, it is made of a caldera from a recently active volcano. The last eruption was in 1969, a blink of the eye in volcanic terms!

Also, it was once a thriving whaling station (ewww) and it is also where, according to legend, humans first spotted Antarctica whilst standing at Neptune's Window (more of this in another tip). Although it was generally known even back in 1828 that there was an entrance into the caldera where ships can be anchored, the opening (called Neptune's Bellows) was so very narrow that ships would often have to sail around the island twice to even spot it. With 100m for clearance, it really doesn't leave a lot of room for mistakes.

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  • Updated Feb 20, 2009
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