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Chart of the immediate surroundings of the South Pole

I like the title of this map, because when you look at it closely, there's actually nothing there at all. The only features on the map are of where there were measurements taken by Amundsen's team to determine where the South Pole actually was. Only by moving away from the pole and taking sightings was it possible to accurately establish the position and so prove that the pole had been reached.

The pole is on a plateau about 10, 500 ft above sea level, which was named Haakon VII's Plateau after the then king of Norway where Amundsen and his team came from.

Roald Amundsen - South Pole Expedition 1911

Picture courtesy NLA

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