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The 3rd Antarctic Station
Wuhan University in central China's Hubei Province has recently finished the mapping for the third scientific exploration station in the Antarctic and preparation work for setting up the science station will begin soon. The station will be built in the highest ice cap zone which is termed "an inaccessible area" due to the weather conditions. So far only a few countries have set up scientific stations there. The new station signifies that China's exploration in the Antarctic has moved a step forward from rim zones into the hinterland.
Antarctic Zhongshan Station
Set up in January 1989, Zhongshan Station (Latitude: 69° 22'S, Longitude: 76° 23'E.), is China's second Antarctic base. It is situated on the Larsemann Hills in east Antarctica, an ideal base for conducting research on marine, glaciological, geological, atmospheric sciences and for supporting the inland traverse. With a construction area of 2,700 square meters, there are 15 buildings and 19 transportation facilities at the station. It can accommodate 25 people in winter and 60 in the summer.
Antarctic Great Wall Station
Great Wall Station (62°12'59"S, 58°57'52"W) located at King George Island, west Antarctica, was established in February 1985. It's the first Chinese Antarctic base with the capability of accommodating 80 research personnel in summer and 40 in winter. With a construction area of 4,200 square meters there are 25 buildings and 17 transportation facilities. In addition to advanced communication facilities the station also has comprehensive scientific laboratories.
Arctic Yellow River Station
China's first Arctic scientific research base, Yellow River Station, opened on Svalbard Island of Norway on July 28, 2004. The station is a two-story building with a total floor area of 500 square meters. It has laboratories, offices, reading rooms, storerooms and dorms that can accommodate 20 to 25 people. At the top of the building is an observatory.
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