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Buildings at the Amundsen-Scott South Pole Station have to be built on stilts at the South Pole to prevent snow buildup. Construction of the latest station began in 1999; dedication took place in 2008. The ceremonial South Pole and flags can be seen in the background, slightly to the left of center, below the tracks behind the buildings. The actual geographic South Pole is a few more meters to the left, next to the solitary flag. This photo dates to about 2005 and the close of construction, but before the buildings were clad in a final gray sheathing. The older domed station (now dismantled) is partially visible on the right. Image courtesy of the National Science Foundation/ Bill Henriksen.