Amundsen-Scott South Pole Station - Antarctica
Posted by: Groundspeak Regular Member CerealBoxMonsters
S 89° 11.383 W 179° 59.997
1Z E 495265 N 92378
Possibly the most unforgiving waymark. It requires not only a trip to Antarctica, but also a 850 mile journey across the fozen continent to the South Pole. The good news is that there is a place to stay warm now, and also a way to record your visit!
Waymark Code: WM7RAC
Location: Antarctica
Date Posted: 11/26/2009
Published By:Groundspeak Charter Member Jeremy
Views: 21

The South Pole station is one of three year-around stations operated by the National Science Foundation (NSF). The other two United States Antarctic Program stations are McMurdo Station on the Ross Island and Palmer Station on Anvers Island near the Antarctic Peninsula. Amundsen-Scott South Pole Station sits at the Earth's axis on a shifting continental ice sheet several miles thick.

The new Amundsen-Scott South Pole Station was dedicated in January 2008 during the first year of International Polar Year (IPY), the third station since 1956. The station began austral winter operations on February 14, 2009 with a station population of 43 people. Of this group, 36 are employees of Raytheon Polar Services Company, 5 are providing technical support for 15 ongoing research projects and meteorological observations, and 2 are supporting the IceCube neutrino detector. The station will be in winter operating mode until late October 2009.

At an elevation of 2,835 meters (9,300 feet), South Pole has an average monthly temperature in the austral summer of -28°C (-18°F); in the austral winter, the average monthly temperature is 60°C (–76°F).

NOTE: Due to limited satelite availablility, the webcam may not be updating images. It is common to have a window of up to two hours in this condition.
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