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Taishan, fourth research station of China, opened in Antarctica

China opened its fourth research station, Taishan, in Antarctica to study bio-ecology of the region

Dec 20, 2013 18:48 IST
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China built a new research station in Antarctica called Taishan. It was China’s fourth research station in the southern pole.

The aim of the research station would be to provide a base for research on bio-ecology and remote satellite sensing.

The Taishan camp will be used from December to March every year and is located near the United States' McMurdo Station, Italy's Zucchelli Station and a recently built South Korean station.

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The other three research stations of China in Antarctica are Great Wall, Zhongshan and Kunlun.

China’s first research station, Great Wall Station was opened in 1985.

About Antarctica:

The Antarctica comprises the continent of Antarctica and the ice shelves, waters, and island territories in the Southern Ocean situated south of the Antarctica Convergence.

It is the fifth-largest continent in area after Asia, Africa, North America, and South America.

For comparison, Antarctica is nearly twice the size of Australia.

About 98 of Antarctica are covered by ice that averages at least 1 mile in thickness.

Base Stations of India at Antarctica:

• Dakshin Gangotri
• Maitri
• Bharathi

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