South Magnetic Pole near Vostok base

South Magnetic Pole near Vostok base

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Caption: South Magnetic Pole. Signpost on the site of the Earth's South Magnetic Pole near the Russian Vostok base in Antarctica. Vostok is also the place where the lowest-ever natural temperature (-89.2 degrees celsius) on Earth was recorded. The signpost shows the directions and distances to various other places, including the geographical South Pole (1253 kilometres away). Earth's magnetic field is probably generated by the movement of liquid iron in its core. The north and south magnetic poles are those points where the field lines are vertical. Tiny movements of the magnetic poles occur daily, & their positions change appreciably from year to year. Photographed in 1996.

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Keywords: antarctic, antarctica, coldest place on earth, environment, magnetic, magnetic south pole, novosti, sign, south magnetic pole, south pole, vostock base, vostock station

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