Scientists trekking towards the South Pole of Inaccessibility were rather surprised to find a bust of Soviet revolutionary Bolshevik Vladimir Lenin peering across the icy wastelands towards the former Soviet Empire.

The bust marks the place where an old Soviet base was established and occupied for a few weeks in 1958.  The cabin which made up the base now lies buried under the ice.  Before the Soviet team left, they fixed a bust of Lenin on the chimney which is now the only part of the structure visible over the ice.

So, what is the bust made of to resist such a harsh climate where the temperature plunges to 60 degrees below zero, where winds blast the surface, and no sun shines for three months out of the year?  Is it metal?  Marble?  Stone?

Nope.  It's plastic.

The Inaccessibility Pole marks the point on Antarctica that is furthest from the ocean. At 3718 meters above sea-level it is in the Australian zone and seldom visited.  Supposedly, if you dig down through the ice and into the remains of the cabin, you'll find a golden visitors book to sign.

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