Even in the most desolate places on Earth, volcanoes support life.
Why does this video, at the time of writing, have only 146 views?
A tall ship is really the best way to visit any volcano that’s in or near the sea, let alone the Antarctic’s Deception Island. Also, penguins! Cruise ships! And really awesome panoramic shots of “an Antarctic volcano that just doesn’t make any sense.”
And the human buildings? People began arriving there during the old whaling days. Deception Island has quite a varied human history. The buildings seen in that video were destroyed in an eruption, per the UK Antarctic Heritage Trust (nice eruption footage here, but also some grisly whale processing stuff):
Deception Island’s last known eruption was in 1970, but there may have been a few others since.
- Deception Island, Global Volcanism Program
- Deception Island Volcano, PhotoVolcanica
- Deception Island: Pendulum Cove and Whalers Bay, Geological Society of America guest blog post
- Isla Decepción. Grupo de Gestión de la isla Decepción
Front page image by Lyubomir Ivanov.
Categories: Sunday morning volcano