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Antarctica 2010: Marooned at the South Pole

Posted on behalf of Chaz Firestone At long last, we’ve reached the South Pole, nearly a century after Roald Amundsen and Robert Scott (for whom the South Pole base is named) planted their flags here just a month apart. It’s definitely quite cold here, but my first impression of the place upon exiting our LC-130 was actually that the South Pole is remarkably flat. You can look out in any direction here — pick your favorite North — and literally see nothing but snow until you reach the horizon. In one day here I’ve met some brilliant scientists, toured advanced 

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