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The station typically remains in summer operating mode until early February, at which point the eight-month long winter season begins. Antarctic research stations, see the Around the Continent section of The Antarctic Sun.
At an elevation of 2,835 meters (9,300 feet), South Pole has an average monthly temperature in the austral summer of -28°C (-18°F); in the austral winter, the average monthly temperature is -60°C (-76°F).
Surrounded by the Indian and Pacific oceans, it has a land mass of 2,941,300 sq mi.
The population density is the lowest in the world with 2.8 inhabitants per square kilometer.
Here, between Willard Straight Hall and the Cornell Store, students chalk announcements of upcoming events and make their voices heard, hoisting signs and encouraging passers-by to sign petitions.
For information about current research conducted at the South Pole, see the NSF South Pole Research Projects page.
For a comprehensive look at the Amundsen-Scott South Pole Station, visit the National Science Foundation's South Pole Station Special Report page.
Cornellians may not know every word of the alma mater's six verses, but they certainly know the tune, thanks to the 21 bells in Mc Graw Tower, which sits with Uris Library at the top of Libe Slope.
Student chimesmasters climb the 161 stairs to the top of the tower where they play three concerts daily.