Pendulum Cove

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The Chilean Base Pedro Aguirre Cerda in Pendulum Cove, 1958

Pendulum Cove is a cove at the north-east side of Port Foster, Deception Island, in the South Shetland Islands of Antarctica. The name of the cove derives from the pendulum and magnetic observations made there by the British expedition under Henry Foster in 1829.

Historic site[edit]

Base Pedro Aguirre Cerda, a Chilean metereological and volcanological research station in Pendulum Cove, opened in February 1955. It was destroyed by volcanic eruptions in 1967 and 1969. Since 2001 the ruins of the station have been designated a Historic Site or Monument (HSM 76), following a proposal by Chile to the Antarctic Treaty Consultative Meeting.[1]

Antarctic Specially Protected Area[edit]

The cove forms part of an Antarctic Specially Protected Area (ASPA 140), comprising several separate sites on Deception Island, and designated as such primarily for its botanic and ecological values.[2]


  1. ^ "List of Historic Sites and Monuments approved by the ATCM (2012)" (PDF). Antarctic Treaty Secretariat. 2012. Retrieved 2014-01-06. 
  2. ^ "Parts of Deception Island, South Shetland Islands" (PDF). Management Plan for Antarctic Specially Protected Area No. 140: Measure 3, Appendix 1. Antarctic Treaty Secretariat. 2005. Retrieved 2013-09-28. 

 This article incorporates public domain material from the United States Geological Survey document "Pendulum Cove" (content from the Geographic Names Information System).

Coordinates: 62°56′S 60°36′W / 62.933°S 60.600°W / -62.933; -60.600