Blasting Old Pole

The South Pole Station that I live in is the third station at the South Pole. Before this station, originally known as the elevated station, was the dome. Sadly, the dome was disassembled a couple years ago, and I never got to see it in person. Before the dome, there was the station we now refer to as Old Pole, which dates back to the ’50s.

Old Pole drifted over years ago, but some structures there have remained a headache. Over the last several years, there have been a few incidents where bulldozers have fallen through the snow, into air pockets left by buildings in Old Pole. So, the decision was to get rid of those air pockets, and the technique involves dynamite. This is the third year in a row where this has been tried, and I had a good view from the roof of the South Pole Telescope building.

old pole blast

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Nerdy guy.
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One Response to Blasting Old Pole

  1. Jeremy says:

    Glad I got to see the inside before it was blown up :}

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