(RIA Novosti, 21 September 2007)** -- The drifting station research unit 'North Pole-35' was set up in the
Arctic Friday, said Sergei Balyasnikov, a spokesman for the Arctic and
Antarctic Research Institute.
"The research unit will begin work
by sending the first weather-report to the Global Weather Network", he
said, adding that the Russian and St Petersburg flags would also be
hoisted. Balyasnikov said 22 researchers and scientists would
work at the unit, most of them Arctic and Antarctic Research Institute
(AARI) staff, plus a German scientist from the Alfred Wegener Institute
for Polar and Marine Research. The unit was set up on a 3.3km-wide and 5km-long ice-floe with an average ice thickness of 1.5m. An ice-floe suitable for the unit could not be located until September
18, when the Akademik Fedorov scientific-expedition ship, following in
the path of a Russian ice-breaker, discovered an area with a two-year
build up of ice.
The research unit was set up during the third
stage of the Arctic-2007 expedition carried out by Russian scientists
as part as International Polar Year (IPY) 2007-2008, a campaign
focusing on the exploration of the Earth's polar regions. The
expedition will provide a better understanding of global climate
change, as well as more precise weather forecasts.
Posted by Amanda Graham – 21 September 2007; 8:30:09 PM – Permalink
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