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Aboard the Polarstern
Chapelle, G. (2007). Aboard the Polarstern. Research*eu 52: 22-24
In: Research*eu: the magazine of the European research area. European Communities: Brussels. ISSN 1830-7981, more

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Keywords
    Climatic changes; Expeditions; Polar exploration; PSW, Antarctica, Antarctic Peninsula, Larsen Ice S [Marine Regions]; Marine

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Abstract
    In March 2002, as a result of global warming, more than 3000 km² of the Larsen B ice-shelf, along the Antarctica Peninsula, broke up, revealing a new and unexplored area of sea bed. The Polarstern, an icebreaker belonging to the Alfred Wegener Institute (AWI) in Germany, has just carried out the first in-depth exploration of these sea beds. This took place as a preview to the Census of Antarctic Marine Life (CAML) programme, which is on the menu of the International Polar Year. Gauthier Chapelle, from the International Polar Foundation, reports on this expedition, which took place during the 2006-2007 southern summer.

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