Successful Chinese polar research team heads home

16:34, March 04, 2011      

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Returning Home

The Snow Dragon Chinese Polar Research Ship, which belongs to National Bureau of Oceanography (NBO), set out for the motherland on Feb. 26 and declared the mission of the 27th scientific investigation at the Antarctic pole to be a success. Estimated arrival time is in late March.

The Snow Dragon started its journey on Nov. 11 last year from Shenzhen, a southern coastal city of China, and reached China’s Zhongshan Station in Antarctic on Dec. 6 for the fuel refill and staff transfer.


The major tasks for the 27th South Pole scientific investigation were successfully achieved, including the oceanic investigation, regular scientific investigations and checking the operations of the logistics base.

The 102 investigators and 37 mariners then departed on Feb. 26 for home on the Snow Dragon. They are currently traveling across the Westerlies.

Possible Breakthrough

One crucial mission this time was to perform the additional construction of the Kunlun Station based on the original. Kunlun station was established inside the climax area of the Antarctic Ice Cap, which is also the source of the cap.

By analyzing every layer of the ice core from the source where carries the climate record within a 1-million-year history, it is therefore possible to unveil the mystery of climate change throughout time.

By Li Yancheng, People’s Daily Online


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