National Geographic : 1957 Jul
© National Geographic Society + The "Pole" Becomes a Reality: Dr. Siple Raises a Bamboo Spire Locating the exact position of the earth's axis is ex tremely tricky; scientists believe initial measurements may be as much as two miles off. But star sights dur ing the sunless winter should pinpoint the Pole more exactly. Meanwhile, this marker, capped by flag and spherical mirror (page 22), has been raised above the base garage. It bears signatures of the polar party. Kodachromes by Paul A. Siple + Explorers Enjoy a Midnight Snack; Outside, Bright Skies Deny the Hour This Jamesway hut, a canvas version of the quonset, served as radio shack, weather station, office, first-aid center, and galley while the base was being built. When the cook's cakes failed to rise, he radioed an appeal to a milling company in the United States. Thanks to its advice, the wintering party often sits down to four layer delicacies. E*M .