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China, Russia jointly plot transportation routes on sea ice
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17:08, December 12, 2008

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On December 10, the joint Sino-Russian ice detection team studied the key issues of the unloading and transportation of materials for China's 25th Antarctic expedition team. After scientific verification and onsite observation and measurement of the sea ice conditions of Prydz Bay, they set the transportation routes on the sea ice.

Due to the complex ice situation, the R/V Xuelong polar research ice-breaker got stuck on route and failed to arrive at the safe unloading place on schedule.

On December 10, at the invitation of the Chinese team leader Yang Huigen, Sergey, the captain of the Russian Antarctic Station, Progress 2, and two of his team members visited the R/V Xuelong, and held friendly discussions with the Chinese contingent on Sino-Russian cooperation in sea ice detection and on-the-ice transportation using the PB300 snowmobiles.

The Russians provided the Chinese team with observation and measurement data on sea ice obtained from the three sea ice continuous monitoring spots in the peripheries of the Progress 2 Station.

Then the two sides jointly drew up a comprehensive information chart on sea ice in Prydz Bay including information on unpredictable ice belts, icebergs, ice cracks as well as safe routes and locations of the observation points. On the same day, the two teams started an investigation of the depth and structure of the sea ice, and finalized the on-the-ice unloading and transportation routes for the PB300 snowmobiles.

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