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Brass plate.
Date Taken:
July 6, 2004
Photograph By:
Pete Koson, NSF

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 ten meters a year. Previous years' markers are left standing for a few years to help illustrate the movement of the ice sheet. Eventually they are placed in a display case inside the station. Participants living at the South Pole design and create the unique markers each year. This marker was used in 1997.

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