Antarctic JG Mendel Station on James Ross Island in Antarctica come alive again abuzz with activity. The polar expedition before the end of the year is headed by scientists, researchers and engineers from Brno.
The station, operated by the Masaryk University, the group should arrive after eleven-week journey. The island is waiting for the two-month stay.
“New in this year’s expedition is to strengthen the scientific research base stations. There will be permanently placed microscopes, předvážkové and analytical scales and other technical equipment to enable the processing of samples of biological material. All this should increase the scope for further international cooperation in scientific research of James Ross Island, and also allow an increase in the number of foreign participants in future Czech expedition, “said spokeswoman Theresa Fojtová Masaryk University.
Your doctor will treat and examine
In addition to climatologists, geologists, ornithologists and off for the Antarctic expedition doctor. “The doctor will have the task of caring not only about the health of the expedition, but also has a separate research program. It will monitor the speeches load team personnel in various activities, especially during prolonged stay in the field, “explained Fojtová.
The expedition is the baby of the group, Thomas Jagoš geography student, who will deal with climate research odledněných part of James Ross Island and the two glaciers.
Plane and icebreaker
Expedition began its journey in Prague, where the air moves through Santiago de Chile to Punta Arenas jihočilského port, then continues on board the icebreaker Almirante Viel. After waiting for a crew sailing across the Drake Passage to the Antarctic Peninsula.
Czech Station on the island was built in 2004-2006. It consists of a main building and nine technical and economic container. The main building is made up of dřevoštěpkových insulated panels and background in it can find up to fifteen crew.
Scientists are studying the geological evolution of the island, climate change and its consequences, in the center of attention is the study of ecology of cyanobacteria, algae, lichens and mosses.