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South Pole Millennium
 
Images for the TPN article about my angagement at the South Pole on 1 January 2000
 
Taken on 1 January 2000 at the South Pole in Antarctica. Several different locations along the southern portion of the International Date Line made competing claims about which place would receive the first rays of sunlight in the 2000 Millennium. But all the earth's time zones converge at the South Pole, and at this location (and throughout most of Antarctica where the sun never sets for six entire months during the austral summer), there could be no question that the first light landed here.
 
First Light of the New Millennium
Photograph © Patrick Flynn
Captured Thu Jun 30, '11 08:28PM
Posted Thu Jun 30, '11 09:01PM
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Taken moments after the New Year 2000 swept across the International Dateline and Jen and I got engaged.
 
Engaged!
Photograph © Patrick Flynn
Captured Thu Jun 30, '11 08:08PM
Posted Thu Jun 30, '11 08:56PM
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A molting penguin is very approachable and interactive, making a terrific prop for photos. The Antarctic Treaty, signed by a dozen nations, prohibits direct contact with Antarctic wildlife but permits lively conversations with them!
 
Jen and Penguin
Photograph © Patrick Flynn
Captured Thu Jun 30, '11 06:52PM
Posted Thu Jun 30, '11 08:53PM
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The grand entrance to the famous geodesic dome that served as the centerpiece of South Pole Station for many years, includin 1999-2000.
 
Entrance to Amundsen-Scott Station
Photograph © Patrick Flynn
Captured Thu Jun 30, '11 07:02PM
Posted Thu Jun 30, '11 08:51PM
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A contemplative penguin stares into the distance of the Ross Ice Shelf in McMurdo Sound, Antarctica. The coastal McMurdo Station is the last stop before embarkation to the South Pole for Americans who are venturing all the way to the end of south. McMurdo Station is a much larger base than South Pole Station and houses several thousand people at its maximum capacity, rather than several hundred as at the Pole.
 
Lone Penguin
Photograph © Patrick Flynn
Captured Thu Jun 30, '11 07:52PM
Posted Thu Jun 30, '11 08:47PM
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Self-portrait of Jen and me reflected in the mirrored ball atop the ceremonial South Pole, a few meters away from the ever-shifting Geographic South Pole.
 
Reflection in the South Pole
Photograph © Patrick Flynn
Captured Thu Jun 30, '11 07:10PM
Posted Thu Jun 30, '11 08:45PM
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A look back toward South Pole Station from about two miles away, from a generally northern direction ;-)  The beautiful twilight colors occurred anytime there was slight cloud cover, due to the constant low angle of sunlight.
 
Middle of Nowhere
Photograph © Patrick Flynn
Captured Thu Jun 30, '11 07:22PM
Posted Thu Jun 30, '11 08:42PM
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This was a more formal, but not final, temporary marker of the Y2K South Pole put in place before the ceremony marking the "new" South Pole on 1 January 2000.
 
U.S.G.S. South Pole 2000
Photograph © Patrick Flynn
Captured Thu Jun 30, '11 08:26PM
Posted Thu Jun 30, '11 08:41PM
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The U.S. Geological Survey arrived at the South Pole in the final week of 1999 to officially determine the location of the "new" South Pole where it would be on 1 January 2000. This steel peg in the foreground with a duct-taped handwritten sign was the initial indicator of the official sppot, soon replaced with a formal staff and plaque during a ceremony on January 1.
 
Y2K South Pole Location
Photograph © Patrick Flynn
Captured Thu Jun 30, '11 06:39PM
Posted Thu Jun 30, '11 08:37PM
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