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New Antarctic base could help extend climate record back 1.5 million years

A Chinese expedition is expected to start work this week on a new Antarctic base that will faciliate novel research in climate science as well as in other fields, reports Jane Qiu over on Nature News [subscription]. The Kunlun base will be located at Dome Argus, or ‘Dome A’, some 4,093 metres above sea level. It will be China’s third Antarctic research facility and is being built as a legacy of International Polar Year, a major two-year scientific programme that comes to an end in March. According to radar studies of the region, Dome A sits atop ice over 3,000 

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