The ring-shaped Decepción Island of the South Shetland Archipelago covers an area of 136,9 km square kilometres. The island is an active volcano with a seven kilometres wide caldera. Its highest summit is known as Monte Kirkwood (542 m). Other summits are known as Monte Pond (539 m), Cerro Goddard (332 m) and Cerro Cross. The last reported eruption of the volcano is dated 1970.
The first base on the island was the British Base B, opened 3th February 1944 and closed 23th February 1969.
On the island are situated the bases:
Decepción Base (Argentina)
Gabriel de Castilla (Spain)
Falkland 1938, Decepción Island.
British Antarctic Territory 2003, Base B, Decepción Island.
(The stamp was issued in the series "Bases and Postmarks".)
Argentina 1998, 50 Years Decepción Base.
Argentina 2016, Decepción Base.
The stamp was issued in the miniaturesheet
"25 Years since the signing of the protocol on environmental protection to the Antarctic Treaty".
British Antarctic Territory 2016
The image shows a view from Whalers Bay (Deception Island) towards the rocky ridge between Neptune's Window and Neptuns's Bellows. Neptuns's Bellows is the entrance (channel) on the southeast side of the horseshoe-shaped Deception Island
The ship depicted on the stamp is the MS Expedition, built in Denmark as a car/passenger ferry in 1972 and named at that time as "Kattegat". The MS Expedition has been used as cruise ship since 2008.
The stamp was issued in the series "25th Anniversary of IAATO".
Gabriel de Castilla Base (Spanish research station) on Decepción Island.