China scientists named 300 sites in Antarctica


Abril de 2006

Chinanews- Li Weisen, deputy director general of China's State Bureau of Surveying and Mapping, revealed on Apr. 7 that during the past 22 years since China has participated in scientific expeditions in Antarctica, Chinese scientists have given names to over 300 sites in Antarctica, protecting China's rights in the region.

Wuhan University Professor and Chinese Antarctic Center of Surveying and Mapping director E Dongchen is in charge of the naming project for Antarctica with assistance from over 40 scientists. Based on the overall development planning and layout for China's expeditions to Antarctica in the tenth five-year plan period, China consummated construction of various mapping infrastructure and technical systems for polar expeditions in four years, completed positioning of geodetic network in key Antarctic regions included in expedition plans, and fundamentally finished all types of mappings urgently needed for its expeditions.

Prof. E said that in 1984, he gave China's first geographical name in Antarctica - the Great Wall Bay. In the following year, on the first topographic map of China's Great Wall Station in Antarctica, two beautiful glaciers were named Tortoise Mountain and Snake Mountain respectively. In recent years, he named the virgin lands in Antarctica after Hubei's scenic spots such as "the Red Cliff," "Small Wudang Mountain" and "Shennongjia."

In the past four years, China's Antarctica mapping coverage has been extending quickly to nearly 170,000 square kilometers, including various line maps, image maps and thematic maps needed for expeditions. During these four years, China organized five scientific expeditions to Antarctica and two to Arctic, and also fulfilled several key polar scientific expeditions such as construction of the Yellow River Station in Arctic and determination of the peak of the Dome-A region in Antarctica. These efforts not only laid a solid foundation to ensure mapping of future polar expeditions, but were of great significance to maintain China's rights in Antarctica as well