This issue of Gigapan Magazine is a photographic essay on living and working in one of the most challenging places on Earth: the South Pole.
Few people have ever visited here. The Amundsen-Scott South Pole Station is a small, remote community of scientists and support staff who live in a collection of buildings on a sheet of ice that is 2 miles thick and extends for hundreds of miles in all directions. In summer, the station is accessible by airplane or overland traverse. In the winter, there are no planes, and the station is truly isolated.
The images that you see here were photographed over several seasons at the South Pole, and include the landscape, buildings, vehicles and people at work. Explanations in the form of Gigapan snapshots and comments help to explain this unusual environment.
Ella Derbyshire, Guest Editor of this issue of GigaPan Magazine, is originally from rural Rensselaer County in Upstate New York where she grew up with a fondness for cold, remote landscapes and for dark, starry skies. As a physician, she has the opportunity to practice medicine in some of the most remote places on Earth, including Arctic Alaska and the South Pole. Dr. Derbyshire uses photography to share her travel experiences with her children, her grandchildren and with others who are curious about such places but will never venture so far from home.
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