Amundsen-Scott South Pole Station

Welcome to Pole
Pole in January 15
Here is a January 2015 photo by Peter Rejcek...I like it because it illustrates that the geographic
Pole is moving away from the station (well, actually it's vice versa). The full size photo is in the
Antarctic Photo Library. Are those snowdrifts getting deeper? From what I've seen, the snowdrifts
are now much deeper than I remember. 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...the first 2018-19 aerial photo!
sorry but this is NOT an official Pole website :((   (more info)

South Pole News...

14 November...at last, the first LC-130 showed up on 12 November...and another arrived the next day...News!

10 November: updates on the first LC-130 flight of the season to Pole (which hasn't happened yet) and the death at Palmer Station

26 October...NSF has announced that a contractor employee died of natural causes at Palmer Station on the 23rd. And further south, the first opening flight into Pole (a Basler) arrived from McMurdo on the 25th.

21 October...updates on the first Basler flight into Pole and the end of the long delay of main body flights into McMurdo...as well as updates on the Polar Star icebreaker and the NYANG's LC-C-130s.

12 October...the big news continues to be the bad weather at McMurdo. The first main body flight was supposed to happen on the first, but...there are now over 500 folks backed up in Christchurch until at least Monday the 14th. And there's a great NSF article/video about the indefatigable and smiling Robert Schwarz!

30 September--a bit more news about the still-uncertain icebreaker procurement. Meanwhile, at Pole sunrise dinner was a great event, there is a NEW telescope heading to Pole...well, in 2019-20, and a glacier near McMurdo just got renamed......

12 September...the biggest news out there is that there is an awesome new map of Antarctica...you can have a look at it even if you don't have a multi-petabyte hard drive. And as the sun is approaching the horizon, the sunrise dinner has been scheduled for 22 September.

3 September--sorry I've been busy...bluegrass, dentists...1983 Pole videos (more on them later)-- the sun, while still below the horizon, is making its presence known at Pole. In other news, there's stuff about the July lunar eclipse, new icebreakers, and that continuing subfloor replacement project here. And the list of NGO Pole trekkers for next summer has been updated here.

17 July...lots of news! Including more icebreaker stuff about the Polar Star and its hopeful successors, as well as the high-energy neutrino detected by IceCube that was traced back to its black hole source. And I didn't even mention the fact that it finally got down below -100F last week!

10 July! Belated midwinter greetings, along with news of the next big construction project at McMurdo and photos of the icebreaker Polar Star in drydock!

15 June...the high winds have mostly continued, creating interesting snowdrifts and setting records. Otherwise, preparations are underway for midwinters celebrations next week, and there's more ice news...ice BREAKERS and ice MELTING.

29 May. Things continue to be quiet at Pole, except for the winds, which have been high this month--resulting in low visibility and lots of snow shoveling. Otherwise, I attended the Old Antarctic Explorers Association reunion in San Antonio this month...and there are photos.

5 May...thinks at Pole are dark and quiet and auroras are outside! But the big news of the week is the reemergence of the late Nicholas Johnson's Big Dead Place!

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...updated frequently...and of course after the contract change to Leidos.

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...

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