The nuclear-powered icebreaker “Rossiya” set out from Murmansk three weeks ago to search for a suitable ice floe for the research station and to pick up scientists and equipment from the old research station, called “North Pole-38”.
The ice floe where 16 Russian scientists will spend the coming winter is 700 meters long, 400 meters wide and approximately 3 meters thick. The starting point for the expedition is 84°N 150°W, RIA Novosti reports.
The scientists will conduct oceanographic, glacial, meteorologic, hydrographic and other types of observations while the research station floats along with the sea ice.
The first scientific drifting ice station in the world, “North Pole-1” was established in May 1937. Since 1954 Soviet “NP” stations worked continuously, with one to three such stations operating simultaneously each year, according to Wikipedia. In the post-Soviet era, Russian exploration of the Arctic by drifting ice stations was suspended for twelve years, and was resumed in 2003.
August 9th, the Barents Region celebrated the UN International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples. The day was commemorated in several parts of the region, including Karasjok in Northern Norway and Teriberka in Northwestern Russia.
Sports in the Barents region have joined forces and established Barents Games. This weekend athletes from all over the region met in Oulu to compete in 14 differents sports during the Barents Summer Games. See our slide show from the competitions.
Norwegian business leaders and academics interviewed by Yle’s Swedish-language news service say they are disappointed in the overall level of Swedish language skills among its job applicants from Finland.