State Oceanic Administration Opens 4th Research Station in Antarctic
The State Oceanic Administration reported that China has opened its fourth Antarctic research base last Saturday. The new research station named Taishan is found between Zhongshan and Kunlun station on the East Antarctic inland ice sheet. The station is built 2,621 meters above seas level and covers 1,000 square meters or about the size of two basketball courts including a main building of around 410 square meters.
President Xi Jingping sent a congratulation letter which stated that the scientific research in Antarctica is important for the exploration and development of mankind that new station will not only act as a platform for the country’s scientific research but for exchanges with other scientist coming from other countries. The head of the Chinese Arctic and Antarctic Administration Qu Tanzhou stated that they operates under the State Oceanic Administration said that the station’s circular design of its structure helps prevents accumulation of snow around the station during snow storms and winter gales. The station can accommodate 20 people during the summer and has a runway that is designed to operate even under the most severe weather.
The new station can be used in doing scientific observation, power generation, accommodation, machinery maintenance, storage, emergency shelter and communications. The station also has oil storage installations and sufficient equipment to support a 400 ton inland vehicle team.
The Taishan Antarctic Station was constructed during the 30th China Antarctic scientific expedition mission that took 28 crew members 53 days to complete. The country launched its first Antarctic expedition in 1984 after that the inaugurated the Great Wall station the following year. Then in 1989 they opened the Zhongshan station and the Kunlun station in 2009. Authorities say that the administration is planning to open another year round station in Antarctica’s Victoria Land by 2015.