2008 Pole Marker

Tuesday, January 1st, 2008
The 2008 marker for the Geographic South Pole.

The Antarctic ice sheet moves about 10 meters a year and with it the marker for the Geographic South Pole. On January 1st of every year we place a new marker at the correct position for that day. Derek, our resident Australian machinist, has done a great job fabricating this year’s marker. Luckily, I had a chance to take some glamor shots before it was installed at the Pole.

The markers started out as quite simple pieces of metal, just having the information required for a standard USGS marker. The telescopes that started to operate at the South Pole in the ’90s always employed a machinist and they started to fabricate quite amazing markers. Nowadays winter-overs can submit a design and the community picks their favorite by popular vote, which is then fabricated.

Geographic South Pole Aerial Panorama

Tuesday, October 9th, 2007

In this panorama you see me standing right at the Geographic South Pole. That’s right, exactly at 90° South.

I have put hotspots on all the major landmarks. If you move your mouse around, you should see little text bubbles pop up.

Please click on the image below to view the panorama:
Click on the image to view the panorama
Temperature: -63.0°C / -81.4°F, Windchill: -79.4°C / -111.0°F, Wind: E (80.0°) at 6.0 knt
Date: 2007-09-30 22:22:35 NZDT