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Sundog behind the 2011 geographic South Pole marker

A sundog appears behind the 2011 geographic South Pole marker


A sundog appears behind the 2011 geographic South Pole marker, which indicates exactly where the geographic South Pole is located.

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On the first of January each year, a new and unique brass marker--designed and created by participants wintering at the South Pole--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 7 meters a year. Previous years' markers are left standing for a few years, illustrating the movement of the ice sheet. (Date image taken: December 2011; date originally posted to NSF Multimedia Gallery: March 1, 2017)

Credit: Deven Stross, NSF; source: U.S. Antarctic Program photo library
 
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