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Mystery remains over death of Australian at South Pole

Mystery remains over death of Australian at South Pole

Mystery remains over death of Australian at South Pole

Updated 19 December 2011, 13:22 AEDT

A coroner in New Zealand has ruled that the circumstances surrounding the death of an Australian at the South Pole eight years ago remains a mystery.

Astrophysicist, Rodney Marks, 32, died from methanol poisoning while working at an Antarctic research base in 2000.

But the coroner says there's no suggestion of suicide and there's no evidence that points to foul play.

The coroner says the case shows there's an urgent need to set comprehensive rules of investigation and accountability for deaths in Antarctica.