Social Media Sidebar

Announcement

Please sign up, comment on articles and bring your friends!

Current poll

PlanetTech is asking:

What do you think about our new web site?

Love it, indeed
Really good solution
Same as old one
The old one was better
This is a new option

Quote of the day

'By far the greatest danger of Artificial Intelligence is that people conclude too early that they understand it'

 

Eliezer Yudkowsky

China and the International Rush to Claim Antarctica

RATE THIS! +8
Posted in Science on 11th Feb, 2014 11:57 PM by AlexMuller

In 2048, a very important international event will occur: The Antarctic Treaty, which stops countries from mining the continent’s abundant resources, will come up for review. China, the US, the UK, and other countries intend to be ready.This weekend, China unveiled its fourth polar research station:

 

Taishan is a 3,000 square foot lab that can house up to 20 people at peak times. The building’s unique shape has been compared to a lantern, in fact, the idea is to keep snow from impacting the sides of the structure during gales.

 
There’s also a runway for aircraft, because Taishan is fairly far inland. According to CCTV, the entire thing took just 53 days to build, which is a pretty impressive feat. Sadly it’s only expected to last for 15 years, tops. After all, the half life for architecture on this frozen continent is notoriously short.
 
So, what’s the big deal? China has a handful of other stations on the continent, after all, and is still lagging behind the US and the UK, though the country plans to build another station soon.
 
But every country that set themselves up in Antarctica is investing in more than just scientific inquiry here. They’re also investing in the plentiful resources, like oil, precious metals, and even fishing rights, that this currently protected continent could someday provide them access to. So though we don’t hear about it very often, Antarctica is the focus of a long, slow, political land grab.

 


Tags: AntarcticaChinaTaishanresearch stationice

Read original article » Back to category

Comments



 

Recent headlines

  • Posted in Business on 2017-03-24 19:18:37
    This company replaced 90% of its workforce with machines......read more
    Posted in Hardware on 2017-03-24 19:07:39
    China working on reusing rocket stages and will try to.....read more
    Posted in Medicine on 2017-03-24 18:59:31
    Discovery enables 'mass produced blood'..read more
    Posted in Hardware on 2017-03-23 21:29:30
    A brain-computer interface for controlling VR with your mind..read more
    Posted in Business on 2017-03-23 21:17:44
    One Powerful Way the U.S. Could Boost Solar Adoption..read more
Posted in Business on 2013-10-10 01:33
China is working towards a manned lunar mission in about.....read more
Posted in Business on 2013-10-20 07:17
Spacex says China is their main competitor for commercial.....read more
Posted in Software on 2013-10-20 06:43
Pirate Bay Browser Clocks 1,000,000 Downloads..read more
Posted in Medicine on 2013-10-10 02:10
Google reportedly investing hundreds of millions into new.....read more
Posted in Medicine on 2013-10-14 03:13
Endothelial Cells Can Repair and Regenerate Organs,.....read more
Posted in Science on 01.01.2010
Spacex says China is their main competitor for commercial.....read more
Posted in Science on 01.01.2010
Staring at Your Phone Could Be Making You Short Sighted..read more
Posted in Science on 01.01.2010
Oculus Rift virtual reality headset coming to mobile, but.....read more
Posted in Science on 01.01.2010
China is working towards a manned lunar mission in about.....read more
Posted in Science on 01.01.2010
Delivering drugs via nanoparticles to target mitochondria..read more

Recent Blog Posts

  • Posted by AlexMuller
    Intensive medical treatment can reverse type 2 diabetes..read more
    Posted by AlexMuller
    Daily consumption of tea protects the elderly from cognitive.....read more
    Posted by AlexMuller
    New analysis method of metabolites accurately predicts whether.....read more
    Posted by AlexMuller
    Unproven stem cell 'therapy' blinds three patients at Florida.....read more
    Posted by AlexMuller
    Indigenous South American group has healthiest arteries of all.....read more

Login to your Account

Login to your PlanetTech Account here

Username:
Password:
Remember me
or

Create a New Account

You just need username and password

The following errors occured:
Username:
Email:
Password:
Verify password:
Remember me