/   Home   /   Newsroom   /   Research in China

Chinese Icebreaker Completes Second Trip Around Antarctica

Feb 29, 2016     Email"> PrintText Size

Chinese icebreaker Xuelong, or Snow Dragon, rounded off its second tour around Antarctica on Saturday.

The 75-day trip of over 18,000 nautical miles was also the research vessel's first counterclockwise voyage around the ice-covered continent.

During the tour, Xuelong, which is on its 32nd expedition mission, made a stopover at the Great Wall Station on the King George Island, China's first Antarctic station on the continent, and revisited Chile's Port of Punta Arenas after 16 years.

On Feb. 6, the icebreaker arrived at the southernmost point of the tour -- also the southernmost point ever reached by a Chinese vessel -- at 77.47 degrees south latitude and 166.16 degrees east longitude in the Ross Sea, where expeditioners examined the area in search of possible locations of China's fifth Antarctic research station.

On Feb. 21, Xuelong docked at Australia's Casey Station, bringing it 392 tons of supplies the Australian side had requested the Chinese vessel to help transport under the Antarctic research cooperation framework between the two countries.

After returning to China's Zhongshan Station on Saturday, Xuelong will sail to the sea area west of the Prydz Bay for more research work. It is scheduled to conclude its mission and set sail for home on March 10. (Xinhua)

Attachment:

(Editor: LIU Jia)

Contact

Phone:
E-mail:

Related Articles

Xuelong;Snow Dragon;Arctic expedition;research vessel

China Begins 7th Arctic Expedition

Jul 12, 2016

"Xuelong" (Snow Dragon), China's research vessel, left a Shanghai port on Monday for the Arctic, the country's seventh expedition to the polar region. American and French scientists will join China's Arctic expedition team in ocean and environment research, a move Xia sai...

Xuelong;Antarctic Expedition;icebreaker;Snow Dragon

Chinese Scientists Complete 32nd Antarctic Expedition

Apr 13, 2016

Chinese scientists wrapped up their 32nd scientific expedition to Antarctica on Tuesday as the country's icebreaker Xuelong, or Snow Dragon, returned to Shanghai. The 158-day expedition started on Nov. 7. Xuelong covered about 30,000 nautical miles carrying 277 scientists...

Contact Us

Copyright © 2002 - 2017 Chinese Academy of Sciences