THE SOUTH POLE: Where All Directions Are North

The bulky, parka-clad man paused in the hatch of the transport plane and reached back for the duffel bags handed up by a friend. In them were some of his most prized possessions: dozens of tape recordings of South Pacific music, Beethoven sonatas, harp solos. The big man waved goodbye. "See you in 1958," said Paul Siple, 47, a geographer and polar explorer from Arlington, Va. Then he flew off from the U.S. Navy base at McMurdo Sound in the antarctic for a 14-month stay at the most isolated community on earth....

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