Mt. Erebus Antarctic expedition 2007 - Image 12 of 58

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The mountain in the background, Mt. Terror, seems to be just a grasp away. However, this appearance is deceptive. The extinct volcano is a another mountain, some 40 kilometres away. It is named, together with its neighbour Mt. Erebus, after the two ships of James Clark Ross. These two ships were the first ones to sail into the surrounding seas, an area which was later called the Ross Sea. A closed cloud cover often separates the two mountains.