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Scientist take polar plunge in Antarctica

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Australians at the Davis Antarctica Station took a swim in the icy water to mark the Winter Solstice. (Source: CNN) Australians at the Davis Antarctica Station took a swim in the icy water to mark the Winter Solstice. (Source: CNN)

DAVIS STATION, ANTARCTICA (CNN) - Saturday may have been the first of summer in the U.S., but it was the Winter Solstice in Antarctica.

Researchers at the South Pole celebrated by taking a mid-winter dip in the pool. The Australian government provided a video.

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 around 2 degrees, but the air temp is around minus 30.

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

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