Scientists took colored snow samples in Arctic
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Scientists took colored snow samples in Arctic

August 02, 2022

The Arctic Floating University has completed a survey of the Novaya Zemlya’s sea and distant places.

#ARCTIC. #SIBERIA. THIS IS TAIMYR. Professor Molchanov ship has returned to the port of Arhangelsk. The research vessel of the hydrometeorological service performed a long-distance voyage for the Arctic Floating University (AFU). The youth expedition members visited the Novaya Zemlya archipelago’s remote areas.

The expedition began on June 24th. On board the Professor Molchanov 55 young scientists and students from various scientific institutes and organizations went to the cherished polar latitudes. The 2022 campaign leitmotif was the changing Arctic agenda”, reports GoArctic.

The flight route was as follows: cape Zhelaniya – Salm island – Russian harbor – Ice harbor – Murmanets bay – cape Zhelaniya – Bolshoi Oransky islands – Ivanov bay – Vaygach island – Pechora sea – Arhangelsk.

The research was carried out on water and on land in the following areas: microbiology, historical and cultural heritage of the region, adaptation of people to the conditions of the high-latitude Arctic, hydrometeorology.

Young scientists did not disregard the garbage issue: marine debris was counted and classified. On the coast, a robot helped in this.

In the Ivanov bay on the North island, a RUDN specialist took a sample of colored snow. Presumably it contains the bacterium Chlamydomonas nivalis. The study will be carried out in the university’s Microbiology and Virology Department laboratory. They plan to create an antimicrobial agent from the biological material.

A new high-latitude AFU flight will take place in August. The expedition on the ship Mikhail Somov will go to the Franz Josef Land archipelago.

Recall that the Arctic Floating University is a project of the Northern Arctic Federal University and the Northern Directorate for Hydrometeorology and Environmental Monitoring.

Earlier, talented young men and women visited the North Pole on a Rosatom expedition. Also, Norilsk scientist Mikhail Yelesin, a member of the Arctic floating university, is creating a 3D model of the Arctic.

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Text: Ekaterina Maksimova, Photo: AFU-2022 diaries

August 02, 2022

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