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Zhongshan March 19 2008


With so many stories in the news these days about China's peaceful rise this century, it was interesting to come across this article the other day. China is building a background atmosphere observation station at its Zhongshan base in Antarctica.

According to the People's Daily Online
"Researchers at Zhongshan station will be able to observe surface ozone and gases like carbon monoxide, carbon dioxide, sulfur dioxide and nitrogen oxides, as well as black carbon aerosol."

Zhongshan was built in 1989 and makes year round observations focussing on meteorology, the ionosphere, upper atmosphere physics, geomagnetism and seismology. During the Antarctic summer seasons, in-situ scientific investigations are also made on geology, biology, meteorology, glaciology, polar physics, environmental science, human medicine and marine science.

Click here for the story from the People's Daily Online.

You can find out more about Zhongshan base and what it does by clicking here Chinese Arctic and Antarctic Administration (CAA).

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