Thursday, September 11, 2014


A Brief Photo/Essay on the South Pole

Wisting, Bjaaland, Hassel and Amundsen at the South Pole in 1911, the first humans to stand there, along with Hanssen who's taking the photo. (They ate the dog on the way back). The only installation then was poles and tent pegs in the ice/snow.
By the late 20th C. there was a whole complex including a geodesic dome, but it kept getting covered in ice and snow.

When built, the dome entrance was at the ice surface.

So they built structures on foundations that would "float" above the accumulating ice and snow. (The dome sinking under the ice is at the extreme right). This is about 2005.

The South Pole Station pretty much right now. The dome was dismantled about 5 years ago. It's called the Amundsen-Scott Station although Amundsen and his party got there first and came back alive; Scott and his party were a month or so late and died on the way back. It's very late Winter there and still remarkably cold. The sea ice, a little under the area of Russia right now, will begin melting in earnest in about another month. In the North, our sea ice melt should stop in just over a week.


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