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Geographic South Pole

Geographic South Pole

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The 2007 South Pole marker. On January 1st of every year a new brass marker is placed to designate the location of the geographic South Pole at 90 degrees south. The ice sheet where the South Pole is located moves approximately seven meters a year. Previous years' markers are left standing for a few years, illustrating the movement of the ice sheet. Participants wintering at the South Pole design and create the unique markers each year. Clayton Cornia, an electrician who wintered at Pole in 2006, designed the 2007 marker, which commemorates the 50th anniversary of the International Geophysical Year (IGY). There are a total of 64 dimples on the sides of the marker to represent the 64 people who wintered there in 2006. January 1, 2007. United States Antarctic Program.

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