The bust marks the place where an old Soviet base was established for a few weeks in 1958. The cabin, which made up the base, now lies buried under ice. Before the Soviet team left, they fixed a bust of Soviet revolutionary Bolshevik Vladimir Lenin on the chimney.
Now it is the only part of the cabin visible over the ice. Scientists trekking towards the South Pole of Inaccessibility were surprised to find Lenin peering across the ice towards the former Soviet Empire. You’d think that the bust would have to be made out of something very strong and amazing to resist such a harsh climate. Temperatures in Antarctica get to lower than 60 degrees below zero and winds blast the surface of the terrain.
No sun shines for three months out of the year in Antarctica. The bust is simply made out of plastic. Nothing special about it!