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China's 4th Arctic expedition team departs for North Pole from Xiamen

Updated: 28 Jun 2010
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China’s 4th Arctic expedition team Xuelong (Snow Dragon) icebreaker from Shanghai arrived in Xiamen yesterday afternoon for an arctic region science popularization activity. After that on 1st July, the icebreaker will depart for Arctic for scientific research from Xiamen.
 
According to the press conference held on 26th June, their main task this time is to investigate the atmosphere, sea ice and ocean which associated with the wide rage of sea ice melting, under the mechanism of Arctic sea ice rapid change and its impact on Arctic marine ecological system, around the sea areas of Bering Sea, Bering Strait, Chukchi Sea, Beaufort Sea, Canada Basin and Mendeleev Sea Ridge.
 
The Arctic expedition team is composed of more than 20 units of scientific research personnel, logistical staff, media reporters and Xuelong (Snow Dragon) crew from mainland and Taiwan. The total number is 125, and 7 of them are scientists from America, France, Finland, Estonia and South Korea.
 
They will stay in Arctic for 85 days, and return to Shanghai on 23rd September. 
 
Translated by WOXnews.com
 
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