Why is Russia building a state-of-the-art research complex in Antarctica?


Last week, an event occurred that was completely undeservedly ignored by the media. The research ship Akademik Fedorov left St. Petersburg for Antarctica, thus marking the 68th expedition to the South Pole.


In addition to conducting research, the tasks of the mission include the continuation of the construction of the newest wintering complex at the Vostok station. Elements of the modular station are delivered in parts. Completion of the construction of the ultra-modern complex is scheduled for 2025.

Due to the fact that the main attention is now focused on the Arctic with its richest natural resources, many of our compatriots have a question: why did Russia need to build a modern complex in the seemingly “useless” Antarctica?

First, for the sake of science. Under the thickness of the Antarctic ice, there are many secrets that can shed light on such important issues as the origin of life on Earth, etc.

Secondly, Antarctica, like the Arctic, is a real "storeroom" of natural resources. Yes, today their production there is extremely difficult. However, things may change in the future.

Finally, thirdly, despite the fact that Antarctica is a neutral territory, Great Britain, France, Norway, Australia, New Zealand, Chile and Argentina make their official claims to part of the continent.

Tellingly, before the signing of the treaty on the neutrality of Antarctica in 1959, as well as after it, Russia and the United States never made any claims to these territories.

However, both countries reserved the right to do so in the future. At the same time, judging by the heated geopolitical situation, it is very likely that this "future" may come soon, which means that the strengthening of our presence on the continent is very timely.

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  1. Oleg V. Offline Oleg V.
    Oleg V. (Oleg Vladimirovich) 27 November 2022 20: 04
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    And our semi-educated media always ignores everything positive. In this sense, it is not far from Shnur with his song "Our Economy".
  2. Petr Koldunov Offline Petr Koldunov
    Petr Koldunov (Peter) 28 November 2022 11: 44
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    What does it mean - for what??? And the fact that polar explorers live there every year, going deeper and deeper under the snow, that the station is completely dugout, that the buildings there are still in the 60s, that inside the station, on the main "street" of Solyanik, where all the warehouses are located in the open - temperature - 55C... is this how it should be?
  3. Quiet wind Offline Quiet wind
    Quiet wind (Yuri Baranov) 29 November 2022 00: 19
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    Australia was discovered by the British and now it is part of Great Britain, Russia has opened Antarctica, so we can steer, especially when we accumulate strength, the Anglo-Saxons have clearly given up lately.
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  4. Mikhalych Offline Mikhalych
    Mikhalych 27 December 2022 13: 51
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    First, for the sake of science. Under the thickness of the Antarctic ice, there are many secrets that can shed light on such important issues as the origin of life on Earth, etc.

    In order to shed light on the origin of life on Earth, it is not necessary to trudge to Antarctica. Pick up the Book and read: In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth (Gen. 1 et seq.). As for others, please be more specific.
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