China Commences 26th Antarctic Expedition

by OldSailor on October 23, 2009

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China_26th_expedition_Antarctica 26th scientific expedition to Antarctica by China commenced on October 11. China has two research stations in Antarctica and third station is being set up at Kunlun at Dome Argus.
Some interesting features of this 26th Antarctic expedition are:

  • Expedition team has left in Icebreaker Xuelong, or “Snow Dragon” from Shanghai, polar exploration vessel built by China.
  • Team is a group of 251 scientists, workers and logistics staff from China, Australia, Russia including three members from Taiwan for the first time.
  • Duration: six months, expected to return back on April 10, 2010.
  • Team will conduct 59 research projects including geological and biological research at the two stations of Changcheng and Zhongshan.

View photographs of the expedition team from SINA.

View an interesting video clip from CCTV International: 26th Antarctic exploration to begin

Above photograph is from SINA.

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