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1911 was the year Roald Amundsen first set foot at the South Pole of Antarctica. 100 years later we are celebrating those years in between of peaceful, cooperative research and discovery.
The 2011 design is fashioned after a sextant, as would have been used by the early explorers.
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.
Patch 4 inches high and up to 3 3/4 inches wide with iron on backing.
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