Glaciology and paleoclimatology, the study of climate change over thousands of years, are some of the areas of research conducted at the South Pole and throughout Antarctica. The ice sheet maintains a relatively pristine record of climate data, including precipitation and air quality.

Photograph by Albert Moldvay
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South Pole Encyclopedic Entry

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Encyclopedic entry. The South Pole is the southernmost point on the Earth. It is located on Antarctica, one of the Earth's seven continents.

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ice sheet Encyclopedic Entry

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An ice sheet is a type of glacier that covers a very large area