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Green Light for new research vessel Aurora Borealis

[22. May 2006] 

Today, the German Science Council has recommended going ahead with construction of the new research vessel Aurora Borealis. The research icebreaker, designed as a European cooperative project, will not only be equipped with state-of-the-art technology, but will also have a drilling platform. The ship is designed primarily for operation in the Arctic and will be the first of its kind capable of working in the Central Arctic Ocean during winter.

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Greenlandic special stamp featuring Alfred Wegener

[16. May 2006] 

On May 22, the Alfred Wegener Institute for Polar and Marine Research will present a special stamp issued by Post Greenland. The special stamp with Alfred Wegener motif commemorates the Greenland expedition of the famous German polar researcher Alfred Wegener.

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Record air pollution above the Arctic

[11. May 2006] 

Last week Scientists of the Alfred Wegener Institute for Polar and Marine Research observed the highest air pollution on record since measurements began in Ny-Ålesund on Svalbard. Monitoring instruments displayed significantly increased aerosol concentrations compared to those generally found. Aerosols from eastern Europe have been transported into the Arctic atmosphere due to a particular large-scale weather situation.

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International meeting of researchers in the Antarctic

[30. March 2006] 

Cooperation between Germany and Argentina at the Dallmann Laboratory in the Antarctic extended


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Carl Weyprecht (1838-1881) and the International Polar Year

[27. March 2006] 

Search for the Northeast Passage culminated in the International Polar Year