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20.03.2017

The ACE completes its voyage around Antarctica

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Sunset helicopter ride to drop expeditioners on Mount Siple_François Bernard. (Photo: François Bernard)
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The Akademik Treshnikov moored at Mertz Glacier_Al Jazeera. (Photo: Al Jazeera)
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A scientist collecting green snow on Mount Siple_Noé Sardet, Parafilms-EPFL. (Photo: Noé Sardet, Parafilms-EPFL)
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On Sunday, 19 March, the Antarctic Circumnavigation Expedition (ACE) reached Cape Town, South Africa. This marked the end of its trek around the southernmost continent, which began in this same port on 20 December 2016. The expedition was organized by the Swiss Polar Institute (SPI) and carried by the Akademik Treshnikov, a Russian research ship. By the end of the three‐month voyage, a total of some 150 researchers had carried out 22 projects, selected from 93 proposals.

The Swiss Polar Institute (SPI) is a Swiss initiative to study the Earth’s poles and extreme environments. It was founded by the EPFL, the WSL, the ETHZ, the University of Bern as well as the Editions Paulsen. It is placed under the patronage of the Swiss State Secretariat for Education, Research and Innovation (SERI). 

 

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