2011 USGS South Pole Marker Keychain, Magnet or Zipper Pull

Commemorating the 100 years that have passed since Roald Amundsen set foot at the South Pole.

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Each year the new South Pole geographical markers seem to get more and more creative. The 2011 design is fashioned after a sextant, as would have been used by the early explorers. It commemorates the 100 years that have past since Roald Amundsen set foot at the South Pole. 

The side of the sextant with the eyepiece has "2011" at the top and in the center circle, "December 14, 1911" above the silhouettes of 4 men in front of a tent. "Polheim" rounds the bottom of the circle.  At the bottom of the sextant, where the degrees would be, is the text:  "100 Years of Discovery and Exploration."

The geographic South Pole sits at 9300 feet (2835m) above sea level.  Because the actual South Pole is covered by roughly 9000 feet (2700m) of moving glacial ice, the surface mark actually moves approximately 30 feet (10m) annually.  Each January 1st the position of 90 degrees south is re-determined and a new unique survey marker is erected.

The Keychain is about 3 1/2 inches long and has a split ring holder. Both sides are engraved with the design found on the paperweight.

Magnet is approximately 1 1/2 inches high and only one sided with a small centered magnet on reverse.

The Zipperpull, including clip, is about 1 3/4 inches long. The design is engraved on both sides.

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