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Antarctic monitor planned

A CHINESE scientist claims China plans to build a remote-sensing satellite receiving station in Antarctica to better monitor the global ocean environment.

Jiang Xingwei, director of China's National Satellite Ocean Application Service, who is traveling with the Xuelong icebreaker, said the receiving station would rely on the Zhongshan Station and the Great Wall Station, China's two research centers in Antarctica.

Jiang said the receiving station would mainly take information sent out by ocean satellites and acquire updates on ocean water color, ocean dynamics and the polar region environment. The station has great significance as over 70 percent of the earth's surface is covered by ocean, he added.

China currently has four ocean satellite receiving stations based on its mainland.


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