50 years of science at the South Pole...already! The 2007 South Pole geological marker has its own story to tell.
The design was created by a person wintering at the South Pole who wished "to reflect the historical significance of the year and to, also, recognize the special people who have made the research possible."
He continues, "The research done on this continent has helped humanity achieve a better understanding of our planet and universe. Thousands of people have come from all over the globe to help support this effort over the past 50 years. Many of them give up a year or more of their lives to support the research done in this remote and inhospitable location. The dimples on each side of the design represent the 64 winter-overs at the South Pole in 2006."
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.
* Pin is 1 1/8" cast in fine pewter with military clutch back
View All Reviews
Add A Review