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Each year the designers of the new South Pole geographical markers 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 silhouttes 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 opposite side has "2011" at the top with: "Amundsen-Scott South Pole Station - NSF" around the circle and the date: "Jan. 01, 2011" over an outline of the new South Pole station. The text at the bottom of the sextant reads: "90º South Latitude - Geographic South Pole".
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.
A pewter stand comes separately to stand the sextant upright.
Pewter Replica Marker is 3-1/2" dia x 3/16" thick
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