Fire within Antarctica's Ice
Deception Island is as intriguing as its name. Ben Groundwater explores the history, wildlife and geothermal waters of this Antarctic volcano.
It seems, at first, like the last thing you would want to do. Go swimming in Antarctica? Strip down to your smalls and dive into the icy depths? No chance. Except, of course, the depths aren’t icy. Not here, anyway. Not at Deception Island, an active volcano that has sunk down to the lip of its caldera. It’s an almost perfect ring of land with numerous hot springs – torrents of warm water that flow into its otherwise freezing lagoon.