Ukraine has successfully delivered participants to the 25th Ukrainian Antarctic Expedition (UAE) to Chile, which are expected to replace their colleagues at Akademik Vernadsky Station.
This was announced on Facebook by the National Antarctic Science Center.
“At the station, they are already awaiting the wintering and winters of the 24th UAE, as well as the seasonal detachment of researchers, which we managed to” deposit “in January-February. Let me remind you that due to the quarantine of the twenty-fifth expedition, it was not possible to travel to Latin America for the first time and was forced to return to Kiev. But now the team is already in Chile and we are looking forward to a successful shift change. Even global warming contributes to it. This year in Antarctica has turned out to be abnormally hot, so the station’s water area will be free of ice throughout the month of April. Since the “normal” years, the station has been closed with ice after the first decade of April, “said the head of the National Antarctic Research Center (NANC) Evgeny Dikiy.
He also noted that sending the 25th UAE under the conditions of the COVID-19 pandemic and quarantine was very difficult and only became possible thanks to the coordinated work of many people and departments: the Ministry of Education and Ukrainian Sciences, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine, the Border Service of Ukraine, the National Police, the Ukrainian missions in Turkey, Qatar, Peru, Brazil and Chile, the government of the Republic of Chile, as well as the Ukrainian fishing company Interpromflot.
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Today March 30, 2020, a team of polar explorers is already in the town of Punta Arenas on the banks of the Strait of Magellan. Now, according to the restrictions introduced by Chile, the members of the expedition will be under observation, after which they will be able to continue their voyage towards Antarctica by boat.
According to the materials: ukrinform.ru