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The Federal Minister of Education and Research inaugurates new German Antarctic station - Neumayer Station III starts scientific operation

[20. February 2009] 

The Federal Minister for Education and Research, Dr Annette Schavan, inaugurated Neumayer Station III today at noontime. The new German research facility thereby starts its scientific operation. It is located 6.5 km south of the old Neumayer Station on the Ekström ice shelf in Dronning Maud Land in the Antarctic. The station serves as a base for scientific observatories as well as logistic centre for inland expeditions and polar aircraft.

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Polarstern expedition “LOHAFEX” can be conducted

[26. January 2009] 

The Alfred Wegener Institute for Polar and Marine Research in the Helmholtz Association can conduct the ongoing Polarstern expedition „LOHAFEX”. Independent scientific and legal reviews sought by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research and the Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety concluded that the iron fertilisation experiment LOHAFEX is neither against environmental standards nor the international law in force. There are thus no ecological and legal reasons to further suspend the iron fertilisation experiment LOHAFEX.

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Outer shell of the Neuymayer Station III completely assembled

[15. January 2009] 

The new German research base Neumayer Station III can be seen in its final form for the very first time. A new milestone in the construction of the station is reached after the successful completion of the outer shell. The Shell protects the upper two floors - which are comprised of container modules - from exterior weather conditions.

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LOHAFEX: An Indo-German iron fertilization experiment - What are the effects on the ecology and carbon uptake potential of the Southern Ocean?

[13. January 2009] 

The German research vessel Polarstern is currently on its way to the Southwest Atlantic Sector of the Southern Ocean. The team of 48 scientists (30 from India) on board left Cape Town on 7th January to carry out the Indo-German iron fertilization experiment LOHAFEX (LOHA is Hindi for iron, FEX stands for Fertilization EXperiment).

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Technical Design of the new European Research Icebreaker „Aurora Borealis“ finished

[03. December 2008] 

The Alfred Wegener Institute for Polar and Marine Research and the engineering company Wärtsilä Ship Design Germany presented the technical design of the European Research Icebreaker „Aurora Borealis“ in Berlin. As a combination of a heavy icebreaker, a scientific drilling ship and a multi-purpose research platform it is planned to operate year-round in all polar waters.