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South Shetland Islands

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Deception Island in the South Shetland Islands

The South Shetland Islands are a group of Antarctic islands with a total area of 3,687 square kilometers (1,424 sq miles). They lie about 120 kilometers (75 miles) north of the Antarctic Peninsula. By the Antarctic Treaty of 1959, the islands' sovereignty is neither recognized nor disputed by the signatories and they are free for use by any signatory for non-military purposes. The islands have been claimed by the United Kingdom since 1908 and as part of the British Antarctic Territory since 1962. They are also claimed by the governments of Chile (since 1940, as part of the Antártica Chilena province) and by Argentina (since 1943, as part of Argentine Antarctica, Tierra del Fuego Province).

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Lewis Pugh was the first person to swim a mile in the caldera of Deception Island without a wetsuit or any protective gear. Pugh swam in the 2°C (35.6°F) water for 30 minutes 30 seconds to complete his mile swim in 2005. It is named one of the World's Top 100 Island Swims by the World Open Water Swimming Association.

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