Official South Pole marker for 2006.
June 10, 2010
Official South Pole marker for 2006. On January 1st of every year, a new brass marker is placed at 90 degrees South to designate the location of the Geographic South Pole. The ice sheet where the South Pole is located moves approximately seven meters a year. Previous years' markers are left standing for a few years, illustrating the movement of the ice sheet. Participants wintering at the South Pole design and create the unique markers each year. Stephen Parshley, a scientist who wintered at Pole in 2005, designed the 2006 marker. It is a five-inch diameter brass base mounted with an aluminum elevated state design. The 86 dimples on the perimeter of the base represent the members of the 2005 winter-over South Pole crew. (Date of Image: Jan. 1, 2006)