The South Pole Base

The South Pole Base

Model and web pages by G. Moody

The Amundsen-Scott Station
The South Poles
Transit and Power
The Blue (Science) Buildings
Frequently Asked Questions

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To view the entire background image with labels, click here (you may need to zoom in on the image in order to read the labels; use your browser's BACK button to return here). For a large PDF file (~40 MB) of these pages, click here. Background image (taken 23 January 2012) courtesy of the US Antarctic Program and the (US) National Science Foundation, who have provided the caption below:

An aerial view of Amundsen-Scott South Pole Station. Sitting on the polar plateau at more than 9,000 feet above sea level, the South Pole is an excellent location for the study of astrophysics. Several telescopes are located in the area in the lower right of the photo, known as the Dark Sector, because it is devoid of radio and light waves during the austral winter. The area at the left is known as the Clean Air Sector as it is upwind from the station. Air monitoring is conducted daily by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).