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Deception Station (Spanish: Base Decepción) is an Argentine antarctic base located at Deception Island, South Shetland Islands.

Deception Station
Base Decepción in 2016
Base Decepción in 2016
Location of Deception Station in Antarctica
Location of Deception Station in Antarctica
Deception Station
Location of Deception Station in Antarctica
Coordinates: 62°58′31″S 60°41′52″W / 62.975284°S 60.697771°W / -62.975284; -60.697771Coordinates: 62°58′31″S 60°41′52″W / 62.975284°S 60.697771°W / -62.975284; -60.697771
Country Argentina
Location in AntarcticaDeception Island
South Shetland Islands
Administered byInstituto Antártico Argentino
Established25 January 1948 (1948-01-25)
Elevation
7 m (23 ft)
Population
 • Total
  • Up to 65
TypeSeasonal
PeriodSummer
StatusOperational
WebsiteDirección Nacional del Antártico


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HistoryEdit

The station was founded on January 25, 1948, and was a year-round station until December 1967 when volcanic eruptions forced the evacuation of the base. Since then it is inhabited only during the summer.

The island suffered severe volcanic eruptions in 1967, 1969 and 1970.

In 1950 a seismograph was installed in the base, and in 1951 it also received ionospheric equipment. In 1993 a volcano observatory was opened.

Base Decepción (2016)

ClimateEdit

Climate data for Deception Island
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Average high °C (°F) 3
(37)
3
(37)
2
(35)
−1
(31)
−3
(27)
−5
(23)
−6
(21)
−6
(22)
−3
(26)
−1
(31)
0
(32)
2
(36)
−1
(30)
Average low °C (°F) −1
(31)
−1
(31)
−2
(29)
−4
(24)
−7
(19)
−10
(14)
−12
(11)
−11
(12)
−8
(17)
−5
(23)
−4
(25)
−1
(30)
−6
(22)
Average precipitation mm (inches) 58
(2.3)
53
(2.1)
69
(2.7)
51
(2)
5.1
(0.2)
7.6
(0.3)
15
(0.6)
25
(1)
23
(0.9)
110
(4.3)
97
(3.8)
51
(2)
560
(22.2)
Source: Weatherbase [1]

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Weatherbase: Historical Weather for Deception Island, Antarctica". Weatherbase. 2011. Retrieved on November 24, 2011.

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