Base Decepción

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Base Decepción
Location Map for Deception Island
Location Map for Deception Island
Coordinates: 62°59′S 60°41′W / 62.983°S 60.683°W / -62.983; -60.683
Elevation 8 m (26 ft)
Population
 • Total summer only

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

History[edit]

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 view on January 2009

Climate[edit]

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)
−1.2
(29.8)
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)
−5.5
(22.2)
Precipitation mm (inches) 58
(2.3)
53
(2.1)
69
(2.7)
50
(2)
5
(0.2)
8
(0.3)
15
(0.6)
30
(1)
23
(0.9)
109
(4.3)
97
(3.8)
50
(2)
567
(22.2)
Source: Weatherbase [1]

External links[edit]

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