Brazil re-inaugurates Antarctica research base

Source: Xinhua| 2020-01-16 15:15:46|Editor: xuxin
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RIO DE JANEIRO, Jan. 15 (Xinhua) -- Brazil re-inaugurated on Wednesday evening its Antarctic research base, the Commander Ferraz Antarctic Station, which was almost completely destroyed in a fire eight years ago.

"The new installations show the advance of the Brazilian presence in the southern continent, as well as an advance in the quality of the federal government's commitment with the development of scientific research on weather and environmental matters," said Brazilian Vice President Hamilton Mourao at the inauguration.

Mourao also paid homage to the two military officers killed in the 2012 fire.

The new station, 4,500 square kilometers with 17 research labs, can host up to 64 researchers, is able to resist seismic activity and winds of up to 200 kilometers per hour, and has windmills and solar panels to supply clean energy.

The reconstruction cost 100 million U.S. dollars, the government said. Brazilian scientists will carry out research in the areas of biology, oceanography, glaciology, meteorology and anthropology at the base.