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A 159-strong team aboard the Xuelong (Snow Dragon) icebreaker arrived here Saturday, wrapping up a 182-day Antarctic expedition.
The team consists of 249 members, including three Taiwan scholars, three Australian helicopter crew members and one Australian researcher. Some made earlier return by plane.
In the country's 26th expedition to the South Pole, all of the planned missions, including 59 scientific research tasks and 21 logistical assignments, were accomplished despite severe weather and complicated glacial conditions.

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China's only icebreaker, Xuelong, or Snow Dragon, will be open to the public for free between June 5 and 12 as an extra attraction in collaboration with World Expo Shanghai 2010 authorities.
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Chinese scientists from the country's 26th Antarctic expedition are expected to complete the world's first land cover map of the Antarctica at the end of this year.
It will be the most accurate map of the continent, presenting various land features.
The research team will conduct wide range of field spectral collection on the Antarctica to provide data for the map.
The map, with the application of high resolution remote sensing technology, will for the first time in the history show the distribution of key features on the continent, including sea ice, snow, blue ice, rocks, soil marshes, lakes and ice crevasse. The map is also based on 1,073 images acquired from the U.S. satellite Land sat mainly during the austral summer from 1999 to 2002,according to Cheng Xiao, deputy dean of the College of Global Change and Earth System Science, Beijing Normal University.

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On 8 January, the 26th China Antarctic Research team at the Grove mountains in the Antarctic Interior collected 292 meteorites.

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Megtalálta az elso déli-sarkvidéki meteoritját Kína 26. antarktiszi expedíciója. A Glove Mountain déli lejtojénél talált 221,5 grammos ko az eddigi vizsgálatok szerint chondrite meteoritkozet lehet - mondta Hu Szen (Hu Sen), a Kínai Tudományos Akadémia Geológiai és Geofizikai Intézetének kutatoja.
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China's 26th Antarctic expedition team discovered its first meteorite at Antarctica's Glove Mountain Wednesday afternoon.
The team found the meteorite at the southern foot of Glove Mountain's peak, said Dr. Hu Sen, a researcher at the Institute of Geology and Geophysics of the Chinese Academy of Sciences.

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The Chinese 26th Antarctic expedition is now doing a follow-up search for meteorites.

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China's 26th scientific expedition to Antarctica on Saturday used helicopters and snowcats to carts supplies to the country's Zhongshan Station. The goods weighing hundreds of tons mainly included technical equipment, logistic and infrastructure support, and fuel.

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China's 26th exploration team arrived at the country's Zhongshan Station in eastern Antarctica on the 6th December.

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China's 26th Antarctic expedition team Saturday morning left New Zealand's coastal city Christchurch for the Antarctica on board the icebreaker "Xuelong", or Snow Dragon.

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China's Antarctic expedition experiences storm

"Cloudy and rainy, a force 7-8 gale, a swell of 3-3.5 metres, with the highest at 4..."

Crew members aboard China's Xuelong (Snow Dragon) vessel were experiencing the worst storm since the vessel embarked on its 26th Antarctic expedition on Oct. 11 from Shanghai.

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