Vapour Col

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Vapour Col is a col lying south of Stonethrow Ridge on the west side of Deception Island in the South Shetland Islands of Antarctica. The name given by the United Kingdom Antarctic Place-Names Committee (UK-APC) in 1959 originates from the fumaroles in the col. This is the only locality on Deception Island where there is a complete cross section through the stratigraphy of volcanic succession.

Important Bird Area[edit]

A 148  tract of ice-free land rising steeply from the south-western shore of Deception Island to 340 m, and including Vapour Col, has been identified an Important Bird Area (IBA) by BirdLife International because it supports a large breeding colony of about 75,000 pairs of chinstrap penguins.[1]


  1. ^ "Vapour Col". BirdLife data zone: Important Bird Areas. BirdLife International. 2013. Retrieved 2013-01-22. 

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

Coordinates: 62°59′S 60°44′W / 62.983°S 60.733°W / -62.983; -60.733