Deposits of methane in the polar seas, new biomaterials for research and a lot of impressions from the hike. In Arkhangelsk from large cruise returned to the research vessel “Akademik Mstislav Keldysh”. Work within the framework of the national project “Science” was conducted in the waters of the East Siberian sea and Laptev sea at their bottom, according to scientists, these deposits of oil and gas.
Artemy Zavarzin correspondent: “this year this is the fourth such return of the “Akademik Keldysh” of great scientific cruise. In this time studied the East Siberian sea and the Laptev sea. According to scientists, there, under a shallow shelf, these deposits of oil and gas. Work in polar latitudes was during the month”.
But the return seemed like an eternity – at the port lasted 6 hours. Inconsistencies forced to change plane tickets and delay the discharge, but, for example, scientists from China is not upset. Joking that the Arctic does not let go.
Limin Hu, PhD the First of the Oceanographic Institute of the Ministry of nature China: “This flight for me was the first acquaintance with the Arctic. We study it a lot, but the books and scientific articles is one thing, but to touch so it’s probably akin to space flight”.
Space emotions bubbling up like methane in the polar seas – that greenhouse gases in the permafrost was a big part of the expedition. Even the captain of the “Keldysh” admits this campaign has a chance to enter the history books.
Yuri Gorbach – captain of the research vessel “Akademik Mstislav Keldysh”: “Laptev Sea we watched. There are small emissions of gas, there’s a bottle of one, two, three. And in the East Siberian now found there three or four meters in diameter, just like boiling water, is gas – this we have not seen before.”
And this Prodigy almost 10 times higher than sredneplastichnye concentration. And this, scientists say, threatens to accelerate global warming. Because the research programme world ocean today part of the national project “Science.” And no wonder-in this case working scientists and students from 12 organizations.
Igor Semiletov, the head of the expedition, corresponding member of the Russian Academy of Sciences: “the Expedition was organized by leading institutions – the Pacific Oceanological Institute, far East and the Institute of Oceanology of Shirshov’s name is Moscow”.
In Moscow, will leave these boxes – perhaps they are real scientific sensation. Scientists collected water, rocks, soil samples and even animals: invertebrates, worms and shellfish. Laboratory, by the way, worked on Board the vessel. In this case, biologists used a new scientific approach.
Glafira kovbasova – researcher of Moscow state University named after M. V. Lomonosov: “basically, all the biological samples in formalin happen, this year we collected in alcohol, then to conduct genetic analysis. I hope the scientific results. New, interesting”.
The research results will be known within a month. Today, the team “Keldysh” well-deserved day off. Although the leave of the question. Artemy Zavarzin correspondent: “this week the ship will leave the port of registry – Kaliningrad. There is a little break, and in late November, again in a way. “Keldysh” will hold a course to Antarctica”.