China's inland Antarctic expedition arrives at Kunlun Station

14:21, December 31, 2010      

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At 7 p.m. Beijing time on Dec. 29, the inland team of China's 27th Antarctic scientific expedition arrived at Kunlun Station successfully.

Xia Limin, deputy head of the 27th Antarctic scientific expedition and Kunlun stationmaster, said via telephone that the inland team left Zhongshan station on Dec. 17 and traveled a total distance of 1,300 kilometers. Aiming to maximize time for scientific study, they arrived at Kunlun Station five days ahead of schedule.

According to the plan, now that the inland team has arrived at Kunlun Station, they will build deep ice core sites as well as install and maintain astronomical instruments and equipment. They will then conduct weather, snow and ice, human medicine, environmental science and many other scientific experiments. And they will also place a jade tablet inscribed with the words "China's Antarctic Kunlun Station" written by Chinese President Hu Jintao inside the station.

To date, Kunlun Station is highest-altitude human scientific research station established in the Antarctic region. It is only 7 kilometers from the highest point of the Antarctic inland ice sheet and it has an altitude of 4,086 meters.

By People's Daily Online
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