Heading South? The South Pole, also known as the Geographic South Pole, is the southernmost point, where the Earth’s axis of rotation intersects its surface. It lies on the opposite side of the Earth from the North Pole.
Unlike the North Pole, the South Pole is a vast continent in itself. The white snow reflects much of the sunlight that does reach the surface. Consequently, the South Pole has one of the coldest climates on Earth due to the lack of warmth from the sun, combined with the high altitude of about 2,800 meters or 9,200 ft.
Things To Do In South Pole
The South Pole and the Antarctica continent is the harshest climate on the earth. Permanent human habitation is impossible, but you can still visit. The most popular and cheapest route is from Chile. Alternatively, you can also fly from New Zealand.
There are a few interesting spots to visit in the South Pole. For example, the Ceremonial South Pole is an area set especially for photo opportunities. It is located in around 180 meters from the Geographic South Pole. The place consists of a metallic sphere on a short bamboo pole, and the flags of the original Antarctic Treaty signatory states surround it.
Another tourist attraction is Amundsen’s Tent, which was erected in 1911, during the Norwegian expedition led by Roald Amundsen.
When To Visit
During the southern winter (March–September), the Pole receives no sunlight at all. From May to July there are long periods of twilight. However, the remainder of the time it is completely dark, excluding the moonlight. In the summer (September–March), the sun is continuously above the horizon and appears to move in a counter-clockwise circle. However, the sun is always low in the sky.
Temperatures are much lower than at the North Pole. This is primarily because of the South Pole’s location at an altitude in the middle of a continental land mass. On the other hand, the North Pole is at sea level in the midst of an ocean which acts as a reservoir of heat.
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