Amundsen-Scott South Pole Station

Welcome to Pole
Pole a few days before the sun set in March 2014
It's winter at Pole, so here is an autumn photo of the station from Bartley Davis, taken on 19 March
2014, a few days before sunset. Is that snowdrift getting deeper? Judge for yourself...this page includes
a series of comparison photos
I took in 2005 and 2008 of the drifting around the elevated station.

dome deconstruction photos...construction photo index...2013 aerial photos
sorry but this is NOT an official Pole website :((   (more info)

South Pole News...

Winfly at McMurdo finally started on 24 August after a 4-day weather delay. And there's bad news that Pole satellite connectivity is about to shrink (news).

There is that "astronomical twilight" glow on the horizon...a couple of new drilling projects are in the news...as is that Norwegian "wild viking" Jarle Andh°y.

The temperature dropped into triple digits on 24 July...you know what that means!

20 June...it's the dark of winter...Midwinters Day is almost here...and Polies are getting interviewed. Meanwhile...hiring is underway for next season. Applying for a job with Lockheed-Martin or any of the subcontractors is NOT rocket science, I've demystified things here. And yes, there are lots of jobs available.

Sunset happened...and as often happens, the disappearance of the sun was caused by clouds. But, the big Pole dinner was on Saturday 22 March. This was at the end of the week which saw the announcement of what some consider to be the science breakthrough of the year...a discovery by BICEP2 in DSL.

24 February...winter started at Pole on the 14th, but things are still getting interesting at McMurdo. The rotten condition of the ice runway in McMurdo has caused the cancellation of all of the regular season scheduled wheeled aircraft flights, although there may be some in early March.

Want an Antarctic job? On this page I've provided everything you need to know about (or at least where to find) how to get a job.

A Polie book you might be interested in...one of my fellow 2008 winterovers, Josiah Heiser, has published an ebook of his life story...almost free (blog and purchase link).

The dome is gone. And the most comprehensive web collection of dome deconstruction photos is here! And the message boards are still around...stop by the new home of Mike Poole's Antarctic Memories, which now includes the archives of Glenn Grant's Iceboard. If you have questions or problems with this excellent resource...the best place for info on jobs and life on the ice, ask me for help!

My second winter was in 2005 as the Title II Inspector (huh, what's that?)...and stayed on for a month after the 21 October station opening until the summer person showed up. I returned to the US on 21 January after 2 months in NZ/OZ. Hopefully before I left I wasn't too toasty to write a feature article for the 30 October 2005 Antarctic Sun..... Read it for yourself and decide...

More news updated 3 September.


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updated 3 September 2014
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