WATCH: Researchers take winter solstice polar plunge in Antarctica

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SOUTH POLE -- Saturday might have been the first day of summer, but it was the winter solstice in Antarctica.

Researchers at the South Pole celebrated by taking a dip in the pool.

The scientists at the Davis Station had to saw through a yard of ice, then they set up some fake palm trees and jumped in.

The water is said to be about 2 degrees, but that's pretty balmy considering the air temperature was about minus-30.

The polar plunge is a big deal at the station because it marks the halfway point of the scientists' stay on the continent.


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  • Scott

    Davis station is about 1500 miles from the South Pole, on the coast of Antarctica. The water was 2°C (35.6°F – still cold!). The Amundsen-Scott South Pole Station is near the center of the continent, at 9300 ft of elevation, and most (about 9000′) of that is ice and the rest is rock – no cutting a hole to go swimming, there.

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