lichen, moss, Deception Island, active volcano, South Shetland Islands, Antarctica.
In the South Shetland Islands near the Antarctic Peninsula, few plants except lichen and moss can grow in the harsh climate of Deception Island. Deception Island is the caldera of an active volcano, which caused serious damage to local scientific stations in 1967 and 1969. The island previously held a whaling station and is now a tourist destination and scientific outpost, with research bases run by Argentina and Spain. The island is administered under the Antarctic Treaty System. The surrounding sea is closed by ice from early April to early December.Add to Cart Add to Lightbox Download