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Expedition examining potentially dangerous objects in Kara Sea

Publish date: September 25, 2005

The scientific expedition on board Professor Shtokman research ship left Arkhangelsk on September 8 in order to examine the zones with potentially dangerous objects in the Kara Sea near Novaya Zemlya archipelago.

In particular, the members of the expedition will confirm or disprove the data about the places where after the second world war chemical weapon, radioactive waste, parts of the submarines and nuclear icebreakers were sunk. During the 23 days expedition the scientists should examine, evaluate the state of the objects and make the forecast for the nearest years, Interfax reported.

The research ship Professor Shtokman is well equipped and allows to conduct research in many various ways: geolocation, electrochemical (measurement of salinity, oxygen and hydrogen content etc.), magnetometric. The tests of the water and sediments will be taken for further examination. The analysis on the sites will be carried out with the help of probes. The reports will be handed over to the Russian Emergency Ministry in order to issue a registry of the underwater potentially dangerous objects.

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