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Huang Heads for Antarctic
Source:WWW.CMGB.COM.CN Time:[2010-10-08]
Dr. Huang Feixin, from the Institute of Mineral Resources Research IMRR, leaves for the Antarctic on the 26th Scientific Expedition tour on Oct. 11th on icebreaker ''Xuelong'', or ''Snow Dragon''. He is now the captain of Mt. Grove inland inspection team. Upon departure, Mr. Ju Yitai, Deputy Chief of CMGB and Executive Vice President of IMRR, sees him off at the port in Shanghai.

Xuelong will arrive at Zhongshan Station in mid December. Then the Mt. Grove inland inspection team will make a thorough investigation in inland Antarctic for two months and sail back in April next year.

This marks China''''s fifth times to inspect Mt. Grove and the team composes two women members for the first time ever before.

Mt. Grove is located in the ice-capped hinterland of the Princess Elisabeth area in southeastern Antarctic. It is between the Zhongshan Station and Dome A, 400km away from the Station. The mountain is one of the regions in inland Antarctic under China''''s earliest comprehensive scientific investigation and so far has been surveyed by China for four times, hence the most important mission on the expedition agenda. Mr. Ju used to act as the head of this team twice and achieved fruitful results in gathering stony meteorites, remote sensing, surveying and mapping, researching basic geology and glacier environmental evolution and other fields. The current target aims to research the mountain''''s exposure age, Cenozoic sedimentary rocks and their spore-pollen, tectonics, environmental chemistry and bio-geology of modern ice interfaces, etc. It also sets to carry out geophysical investigation upon sedimentary basin, survey and map core areas and garner stony meteorites at Mt. Grove.

Dr. Huang was recruited as associate research fellow by IMRR in Sept. 2008 from Institute of Geology and Geophysics, Chinese Academy of Sciences. He has been involved twice in the Antarctic expedition and conducted a great amount of research at Mt. Grove. Huang voices his confidence before leaving that they will exert themselves to assure the health of team members despite the arduous task and environment and hand in fine discoveries to the 26th Antarctic expedition team, the Chinese people and the motherland.

It is reported that the 26th Antarctic expedition enrolls 251 members, more people than before and including three from Taiwan Province, and shoulders 59 tasks during 180-odd days as the heaviest mission in history.IMRR

 

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