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A Legacy of the Race to the South Pole: New Scientific Discoveries in Antarctica

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Image of Roald Amundsen.

Portrait of Roald Amundsen.

Credit: Archival photo


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Image of a sign at the geographic South Pole located at 90 degrees south latitude.

The geographic South Pole is located at 90 degrees south latitude. The station accommodates up to 250 people during the austral summer. Temperatures there average minus 60 degrees Fahrenheit year-round.

Credit: Dwight Bohnet, National Science Foundation


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Norwegian Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg and personnel at the geographic South Pole.

Norwegian Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg in front of the sign is surrounded by U.S. Antarctic Program personnel at the geographic South Pole on Dec. 14, 2011, the centennial of Roald Amundsen's arrival.

Credit: Peter Rejcek/NSF


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Image of the 2011 bronze marker at NSF's Amundsen-Scott South Pole Station.

The 2011 bronze marker at NSF's Amundsen-Scott South Pole Station, designating the geographic South Pole, honors the first explorers to reach the site.

Credit: Nick Strehl, National Science Foundation


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