University of Wisconsin-Madison

Week 21 at the Pole

NSF/B. Kuo Tiong
NSF/B. Kuo Tiong

Antarctica is often described as the coldest, driest, and windiest place on earth. Cold and dry might be hard to discern from photos, but windy? These flags give it away—here, they’re taking a real beating. The group photo below (also with flags flapping away) was orchestrated to commemorate the invention of the Ethernet 40 years ago (they’re posing with a long Ethernet cable held between themselves). The photo garnered a response from the inventor himself, Bob Metcalfe, then at Xerox PARC.

NSF/B. Kuo Tiong
NSF/B. Kuo Tiong