In the Arctic specialists are selecting an ice floe for North Pole – 41 drifting polar station
In the Central Arctic specialists from the Arctic and Antarctic Research Institute (AARI) started selecting an ice platform for setting up a science camp North Pole - 41. This selection will be made using a Ka-32 helicopter.

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For more than 18 months, AARI specialists have been observing the ice in the area of the assumed start of the drift of the North Pole ice-resistant platform. They will make their final choice in the Arctic directly at the place of the drift start.

“The ice reconnaissance specialist will be visually inspecting the ice floes from the helicopter and select the potential location. The next step is landing on ice and performing additional research, specifying the age and the thickness of floes. The final selection will be based on the obtained data. Then we fill need to fix the North Pole ice-resistant platform alongside of the floe. The platform may moor to the selected floe in the near-edge zone, and the ice will be gradually freezing over. The second option is to make the platform supported by the Academic Treshnikov research ship to break deeper through the drifting ice. It makes the chances to get to the better floe higher, but it takes time and there is a risk to damage the integrity of the ice arena. The specialists will decide on the option based on the real conditions”, says Alexander Makarov, the AARI Director.

The assumed starting point of the drift is in the Arctic Ocean to the north from the Henrietta Island. At the end of September, the North Pole research ship will arrive to this area to start the 2-year drift. The assumed vector is through the Polar area to the Greenland Sea. After passing through the Fram Strait, the platform will go back to Murmansk under its own power.


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