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Dome Deconstruction Photos by Forest Banks

The South Pole Dome is coming down during the 2009-10 field season. Longtime Polie and professional photographer Forest Banks is capturing the historic event for The Antarctic Sun External U.S. government site. Forest's job on the Ice is as a driller for the IceCube Neutrino Observatory project External Non-U.S. government site.

Scroll over the picture to learn more about the action. Note that the dates reflect when the picture was taken at the South Pole.

Ironworker Josh Miller
Dec. 6, 2009
A crane is used to disassemble Skylab.
Dec. 8, 2009
A close look at the tools of a Polie construction worker.
Dec. 8, 2009
A crane lifts off the dome of the crown.
Dec. 18, 2009
A crane lowers down the crown of the dome.
Dec. 18, 2009
A crane lowers down the crown of the dome.
Dec. 18, 2009
The Pole construction crew poses with the dome crown.
Dec. 18, 2009
A close-up look at the connection point between panels.
Dec. 18, 2009
Polies inside the dome help prepare the crown for removal.
Dec. 18, 2009
A crane lifts a section of the dome.
Dec. 29, 2009
A crew member guides a section of wall off the dome.
Dec. 29, 2009
The new elevated station can be seen in the distance.
Dec. 29, 2009
A worker helps guide a section of wall away from the dome.
Jan. 3, 2010
A section of dome wall is removed.
Jan. 3, 2010
A peek inside the dome.
Jan. 3, 2010
Another panel comes off.
Jan. 7, 2010
Workers guide a section to the ground.
Jan. 7, 2010
Another panel goes down.
Jan. 8, 2010
The dome deconstruction crew on Jan. 15, 2010.
Jan. 15, 2010
The whole South Pole Station crew poses in front of the last panel.
Jan. 15, 2010
 

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