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- Taken by
- Ella Derbyshire
- Explore score
- 0.05 Gigapixels
- Date added
- Mar 11, 2009
- Date taken
- Mar 10, 2009
GigapanMagazine.org vol 1 issue 2
Contributor: Cap'n Jack Sharp
Even though it was discovered less than 100 years ago, there are many mysteries surrounding the South Pole. Among the recent mysteries is the location of Old Pole, which was closed in 1974 and has been off limits to would-be explorers from the new station for almost a decade.
There have been three South Pole research stations: Old Pole which was built beginning in the summer of 1956-57, the Dome which was under construction from 1970-74, and dedicated in 1975, and the new elevated station, which was started in 1997 and dedicated on January 12, 2008.
This image shows us checking out the area around Old Pole. This is the first official trip to the site in years. We will be removing the culvert that leads to the entrance and sealing that entrance by filling it with snow. The job is to be completed before the sun sets in 2009.
Old Pole is off limits because the snow that covers it is crushing the station, threatening to bury anyone who ventures inside. The buildings beneath us are collapsing under the weight of 50 year’s of accumulated snow. Before we start this task, we are making sure that it can be safely closed off, and we are figuring out exactly what we need to get the job done.
It seems to many of us who were there that the closing of the entrance to Old Pole ends an important era in Antarctic history. I believe that this is true. It was a sad event in many ways, but the work and courage of the first construction crews and of all of the crews who followed them does not pass out of memory because the buildings of Old Pole are gone from sight.
The 14 images of this panorama were photographed with a Nikon D80 and stitched with Autopano Pro.