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Official South Pole marker 2004


The official South Pole marker for 2004

The official South Pole marker for 2004. On January 1 of every year, a new brass marker is placed at 90 degrees South to designate the location of the geographic South Pole. The ice sheet where the South Pole is located moves approximately 7 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.

The National Science Foundation runs the U.S. Antarctic Program (USAP). In addition to maintaining three U.S. research stations on the continent, USAP supports research projects in an array of scientific disciplines, including for example, aeronomy and astrophysics, biology and medicine, geology and geophysics, glaciology, and ocean and climate systems. Outreach such as the Antarctic Artists and Writers program and education programs are also supported. For more information about USAP, visit the program's website Here. (Date of Image: Jan. 1, 2006)

Credit: Liesl Schernthanner, National Science Foundation

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