Flat Ruby at the South Pole

That's my home for the Summer

That’s my home for the Summer

My name is Barry, and I’ve been Ruby’s friend since she came to America. From October to February I’m working and living at the South Pole. I’m happy that Flat Ruby joined me for a few days. We saw a few things around the Amundsen-Scott South Pole Station, where I work and live.

October through February is winter where I usually live, but south of the equator it’s summer. It’s warm and sunny. But “warm” means -20 F; in the winter here it can get as cold as -100 F. And “sunny” means that the sun is up all the time, even at midnight; in the winter the sun is never up.

This is where people have their picture taken

This is where people have their picture taken

This isn’t really the South Pole, but it’s a place for people to have their pictures taken, and for some ceremonies to take place. It has the 12 flags from the 12 countries who signed a treaty in 1961, agreeing that the entire continent would be used for peaceful scientific research. There are scientists in Antarctica studying biology, astronomy, astro-physics, volcanoes, global warming, the atmosphere, glaciers, and a lot of other things. There are no animals here at the South Pole, and the volcanoes aren’t very close either, but there are XX scientists coming here this summer.

This is the place that was at 90 degrees South on January 1, 2012

This is the place that was at 90 degrees South on January 1, 2012

The station sits on a layer of ice about 9000 feet thick and the ice is moving, so the place on the ice near the station where the actual South Pole is moves about an inch every day. On New Years Day we put a new marker at the place where the South Pole is that day. The markers are designed and made by the people who spend the winter here, and they have been getting fancier and fancier.

The 2012 Geographical Pole marker

The 2012 Geographical Pole marker

I’m really interested in seeing what the new marker will look like, but I’m going to have to wait until January 1st.

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