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Antarctica South Shetland Islands

Deceptive Islands

The South Shetland Islands lie at the beginning of the Antarctic continent, a welcome sight of land after crossing the Drake Passage from Argentina. The islands offered shelter for early whalers and now represent an important base for scientists studying the climate and biodiversity of the region. The few bases scattered over the islands hide many secrets; first built by whalers, then adapted for wartime operations and now bequeathed to science.