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Detaille Island - Antarctica Highlights:
Abandoned British Research Station, Adelie Penguins
Detaille Island is a small island lying two miles northwest of Andresen Island in the entrance of Lallemand Fjord, off the west coast of Graham Land ( Antarctic Peninsula) at the southern end of Crystal Sound. The French Antarctic Expedition, who charted the area with the vessel Pourquoi-pas? (Why not?) discovered the island in 1908-10. It was a British Research Station from 1956 to 1959 when it was suddenly abandoned because the resupply vessel could not approach within 30 miles of the base due to ice. Although in a very weather-beaten condition, the main hut is still well equipped and serves as an emergency refuge as well as a great example of life inside the Antarctic Circle for the early scientists. There is a large rookery of Adelie Penguins nearby.

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