Arriving at the South Pole by air
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- 1974-75 - Antarcticans Database Project
Flying into the South Pole provides a view of the vast, featureless interior plateau. The geographic elevation was 9,186 ft of which about 9,000 feet was ice. The actual density altitude is, however, closer to 10,000 feet due to the Earths rotation. The new Geodesic Dome station appears to the left of the ice runway. To the right is the original Amundsen-Scott South Pole Station built during the International Geophysical Year and opened Feb 1957. During my summer stay, operations were transferred from the Geophysical station to the Geodesic Dome station.