Published on: November 16, 2021

41ST SCIENTIFIC EXPEDITION TO ANTARCTICA

41ST SCIENTIFIC EXPEDITION TO ANTARCTICA

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abaft India has successfully launched the 41st Scientific Expedition to Antarctica 

DETAILS

THE EXPEDITION

  • Has two major programs
  • The first program
    • Encompasses geological exploration of the Amery ice shelf at Bharati station
    • Help explore the link between India and Antarctica in the past
  • The second program
    • Involves reconnaissance surveys and preparatory work for drilling of 500 meters of ice core near Maitri
    • Will help in improving the understanding of Antarctic climate, westerly winds, sea-ice and greenhouse gases from a single climate archive for past 10,000 years.
  • The ice core drilling will be done in collaboration with the British Antarctic Survey and the Norwegian Polar Institute.
  • Replenish the annual supplies of food, fuel, provisions, and spares for operations and maintenance of life support systems at Maitri and Bharati.

OTHER INFO

The

  • Has completed 40 scientific expeditions
  • Built three permanent research base stations in Antarctica, named DakshinGangotri (1983), Maitri (1988) and Bharati (2012)
  • Maitri and Bharati are fully operational

The National Centre for Polar and Ocean Research (NCPOR), Goa—an autonomous institute under the Ministry of Earth Sciences—manages the entire Indian Antarctic program.