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International research station Barneo opens near North Pole

March 29, 2017, 16:40 UTC+3 ARKHANGELSK

The station will remain operational for about a month

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ARKHANGELSK, March 29. /TASS/. International research station Barneo has opened in the Arctic, the special presidential representative for international cooperation in the Arctic and the Antarctic, Artur Chilingarov, told the Arctic Forum in Archangelsk on Wednesday.

"I’ve just been told that the station Barneo has opened 40 kilometers away from the North Pole. Builders and equipment have been delivered there," he said, adding that scientists from several countries will be working there. The station will remain operational for about a month.

Barneo is a field camp that annually drifts in the area of the North Pole. It opens at the end of March or early April as the main research center in the Arctic. It also becomes a tourist transit point on the travelers’ way towards the North Pole.

The forum Arctic - Territory of Dialog is one of the key sites for discussing the Arctic Region’s problems and prospects. It is expected to pool efforts by the international community for the sake of the Arctic’s effective development. The participants in the forum, held since 2010, discuss ways of raising the living standards in the Arctic territories and developing transport systems and ecological matters.

Taking part in the 4th international arctic forum Arctic - Territory of Dialog - underway in Arkhangelsk are about 1,500 delegates from Russia and other countries. TASS is the forum’s general information partner and official photo host.

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