China To Launch 34Th Antarctic Expedition

SHANGHAI, (Xinhua/APP):China’s research icebreaker Xuelong will leave on Wednesday to begin the country’s 34th . A 334-member team will be on board, according to Yang Huigen, head of the Polar Institute of China, who leads the team. The team will complete a 36,000-nautical-mile trip and is expected to return to Shanghai in April next year.

The 34th expedition will conduct a series of surveys including preliminary work for the construction of China’s fifth station in the , which will be on west coast of the Ross Sea. China has built four Antarctic research stations; Changcheng and Zhongshan serve as year-round stations, while Taishan and Kunlun are summer stations.

The fifth station will be a year-round research station able to independently carry out multiple scientific investigations in the Antarctic.

opyright APP (Associated Press of Pakistan), 2017

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